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Table 63

Law Enforcement Officers Accidentally Killed

Circumstance at Scene of Incident by Type of Assignment, 2003–2012

Circumstance Total 2-Officer
vehicle
1-Officer vehicle Foot patrol Other1 Off
duty
Alone Assisted Alone Assisted Alone Assisted
Number of victim officers Total 667 61 350 92 2 2 63 84 13
Automobile accident Total 394 45 259 35 0 0 37 16 2
Motorcycle accident Total 64 0 41 8 0 0 3 8 4
Aircraft accident Total 21 0 0 0 0 0 7 14 0
Struck by vehicle Total 102 11 40 32 0 1 7 9 2
Traffic stop, roadblock, etc. 38 5 17 13 0 0 1 2 0
Directing traffic, assisting motorist, etc. 64 6 23 19 0 1 6 7 2
Accidental shooting Total 31 1 4 6 0 0 3 14 3
Crossfire, mistaken for subject, firearm mishap 22 1 1 5 0 0 2 10 3
Training session 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Self-inflicted, cleaning mishap (not apparent or confirmed suicide) 6 0 3 1 0 0 1 1 0
Drowning Total 15 1 0 3 1 1 1 8 0
Fall Total 13 1 1 3 1 0 2 5 0
Other accidental Total 27 2 5 5 0 0 3 10 2
  • 1Includes detectives, officers on special assignments, undercover officers, and officers on other types of assignments not listed.