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Law Enforcement Officers Killed or Assaulted1

The following table shows the number of law enforcement officers killed or assaulted in the United States, according to the type of weapon used, including firearms, knives and other sharp objects, hands and fists, and more.

  2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1990 1985 1980
Total officers killed 122 139 133 132 218 134 107 142 133 113 133 141 132 145 164
Officers assaulted                              
 Firearm 2,145 2,114 1,879 1,927 1,841 1,749 1,772 2,126 2,110 1,878 2,354 3,174 3,651 2,793 3,295
 Knife or cutting instrument 1,059 1,123 1,084 1,061 1,168 1,015 999 1,098 971 871 1,356 1,510 1,647 1,715 1,653
 Other dangerous weapon 8,314 8,645 8,180 8,526 8,233 8,132 7,560 7,415 5,800 5,069 6,414 7,197 7,423 5,263 5,415
 Hands, fists, feet, etc. 46,028 47,810 47,457 48,012 46,221 47,502 45,640 50,034 43,268 38,790 47,638 53,086 59,370 51,953 47,484
Total assaulted 57,546 59,692 58,600 59,526 57,463 58,398 55,971 60,673 52,149 46,608 57,762 64,967 72,091 61,724 57,847
NOTE: Figures are latest available.
1. Covers officers killed feloniously and accidentally in line of duty; includes federal officers.
Source: U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, annual. From Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2006.

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