Just to add somemore detail on the LEOKA reports
these stats are from 2008 last years should be out in mid May
■41 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2008.
■22 of the slain officers were employed by city police departments. Of these, 12 were members of law enforcement agencies in cities with 250,000 or
■Line-of-duty deaths occurred in 19 states. Twenty officers lost their lives in the South, the Nation’s most populous region. Nine of the officers
died in the West, 9 died in the Midwest, and 3 officers who were feloniously slain were employed in the Northeast.
■9 officers died in 2008 from felonious attacks during arrest situations.
■8 officers died during traffic pursuits/stops.
■7 officers died while investigating suspicious persons/circumstances.
■7 officers died during tactical situations (barricaded offender, hostage taking, etc.).
■6 officers died in ambush situations.
■2 officers died during investigative activity (surveillance, search, interview, etc.).
■1 officer was killed while handling, transporting, or maintaining custody of a prisoner.
■1 officer died after responding to a disturbance call.
■35 officers were killed in 2008 with firearms. Of these, 25 were killed with handguns. (A breakdown of the types of weapons used in these slayings
is provided in Table 27.)
■4 officers were killed with their own weapons.
■4 officers attempted to use their weapons; 11 officers fired their weapons.
■19 officers were slain with firearms when they were 0-5 feet from the offenders.
All the stats can be found here