By PoliceOne Staff
Fifty-one officers have been killed in the line of duty this year, according to a report from The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund — a nine percent increase from the first half of 2012.
Traffic-related accidents are the leading cause of death, with 18 fatalities, which is consistent with last year’s numbers for the first half of the year. Firearms-related deaths dropped 11 percent, responsible for 17 officer deaths this year.
The report found that ambushes are the leading circumstance of fatal shootings, with seven fatalities.
Heart attacks and other job-related illnesses drastically rose compared to the first half of last year, increasing by 60 percent.
Of the 51 fallen officers, 47 were male and 4 were female, with an average age of 42.