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Home LEOKA 2013 Federal Officers Killed and Assaulted Federal Officers by Department U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

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There were 590 officers with the DHS who were attacked in 2013. Of these, 2 officers were killed, and 122 officers sustained injuries. The following provides information by agency within the DHS:

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection–555 officers were attacked; 1 was killed with a firearm, 1 was killed with a weapon other than a firearm, 1 was injured with a firearm, and 120 were injured with weapons other than firearms.
  • U.S. Secret Service–35 officers were assaulted; of these, 1 was injured with a weapon other than a firearm.

Type of activity

At the time they were attacked, DHS officers were performing the following activities:

  • 502 officers were assigned to patrol or guard duty.
  • 59 officers were conducting investigations/searches.
  • 1 officer was making an arrest or serving a summons.
  • 28 officers were assigned to other duties.


Weapons used against the DHS officers during the attacks include the following:

  • 282 officers were attacked with personal weapons, such as hands, fists, or feet.
  • 190 of the officers were attacked with blunt instruments.
  • 41 officers were attacked with vehicles.
  • 32 officers were attacked with firearms.
  • 1 officer was involved in a bomb-related incident.
  • 44 of the officers were attacked with other types of weapons.

Dispositional information

Law enforcement authorities identified 70 suspects in the assaults on DHS officers. Dispositional information was reported for 22 of the known offenders. At the time of this report:

  • 15 suspects’ cases were pending prosecutive opinion.
  • 7 suspects’ prosecutions were declined.