Friday, June 1, 2012

May 2012 Law Enforcement Fatality Report

June 1, 2012

Fairfax, Va. - Six law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in the United States in May 2012, two fatalities fewer than the previous month. A total of 41 officers have been killed so far in 2012, with the leading cause of death being vehicle collisions.

Most notably, in May 2012:

  • Six law enforcement officers (LEOs) were killed, compared to 16 in April 2011
  • Two LEOs were shot and killed
  • Four LEOs were killed by vehicle collisions
  • One female officer was killed in the line of duty

The following charts are provided for reference and can be incorporated into any law enforcement training material or media reports. Please cite ODMP.

Law Enforcement Deaths by State in 2012 YTD

Not displayed: Washington, DC, had one (1) death; Puerto Rico had two (2) deaths

Comparison of Law Enforcement Deaths, 2012 vs 2011 YTD

Causes of Law Enforcement Deaths in 2012 YTD

The data provided in this report is preliminary and subject to change based on final determinations of line of duty deaths. Accurate as of June 1, 2012.

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