02/06/2008
Tragic historic milestone: Nearly 10,000 officers slain by gunfire

Dating back to the first law enforcement fatality recorded in 1792, there have been a total of 9,929 federal, state and local law enforcement officers killed by gunfire.

To put this figure in some perspective, the next highest cause of death among law enforcement officers is automobile crashes, which have accounted for 2,659 officer fatalities throughout history


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