Ambush attacks on cops increasing

Of 50 killed by gunfire this year, 19 victims of surprise attacks


By Kevin Johnson
Chicago Sun-Times

WASHINGTON — Nearly 40 percent of police officers fatally shot this year have been slain in ambush-style attacks or when they were surprised by suspects with firearms.

The killings, many stunning for their brutality, have some law enforcement and Justice Department officials scrambling to provide additional protection or training.

Of the 50 officers killed by gunfire this year - a 32 increase from the same time last year - at least 19 were victims of ambush or surprise attacks, according to a USA Today review of the case summaries and interviews with police officials.

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