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Officer deaths up in first half of '09

By Kevin Johnson
USA Today

WASHINGTON — The number of police officers killed in the line of duty increased 20% during the first six months of 2009 compared with last year, according to a report to be released today. But the number still remains below midyear averages.

All categories of officer deaths in the U.S. are up in 2009, including those killed by gunfire. Despite the increases, the 66 officers killed — up from 55 in the first half of 2008 —marked the second-lowest midyear total since 1965, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which tracks officer fatalities.

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