Monday, October 1, 2012

September 2012 Law Enforcement Fatality Report

October 1st, 2012

Fairfax, Va. - Thirteen law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in September 2012, the third month in a row with double-digit deaths. In total, 89 law enforcement officers have fallen in the line of duty since January 1st, 2012.

Most notably, in August 2012:

  • Thirteen (13) law enforcement officers (LEOs) were killed, compared to 10 in September 2011
  • Four LEOs were shot and killed
  • Six LEOs were killed in vehicle collisions
  • Two LEOs suffered fatal heart attacks
  • One LEO was fatally stabbed
  • One female LEO was murdered in the line of duty
  • September is the first month in 2012 to have more deaths than the same month in 2011
Details on every line of duty death in 2012 can be obtained at

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 four (4) deaths; Virgin Islands had one (1) death.

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 October 1, 2012.

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