The casket of Philadelphia police Officer Sgt. Patrick McDonald, 30, is taken from Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul after funeral services in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008. McDonald was fatally shot as he chased a man on foot after a traffic stop last week. An officer responding to McDonald's distress call killed the gunman in a shootout a short time later. (AP Photo)
What do the mid-year stats mean for American cops?
FBI releases preliminary statistics for officers killed in 2007
Provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FBI reported today that 57 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty last year; 83 officers died in accidents while performing their official duties; and 59,201 officers suffered assaults while on duty. The 2007 edition of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted released today provides comprehensive tabular data about these incidents and brief narratives describing the fatal felonious attacks.
2007 statistics on officer deaths released