Officers Accidentally Killed
This page provides information regarding accidental line-of-duty deaths of duly sworn city, university and college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement officers who met the same criteria as officers feloniously killed.
- In 2013, 49 law enforcement officers died as the result of accidents that occurred in the line of duty.
- Accidental line-of-duty deaths of law enforcement officers occurred in 22 states.
- Of the officers accidentally killed, 24 were employed by city police departments, 15 were employed by county agencies, 8 were employed by state agencies, and 2 were employed by federal agencies.
- By region, 31 officers who were accidentally killed were employed by agencies in the South, 9 by agencies in the West, 5 by agencies in the Northeast, and 4 by agencies in the Midwest.
- The average age of the officers who died accidentally in 2013 was 41 years.
- The average length of law enforcement service for the officers accidentally killed in the line of duty was 13 years.
- Of the officers who were accidentally killed, 41 were white, 6 were black, and race was not reported for 2 officers.
- All 49 of the officers were male.
Of the officers who were accidentally killed in the line of duty in 2013:
- 23 died as a result of automobile accidents.
- 9 were struck by vehicles.
- 4 officers died in motorcycle accidents.
- 4 were killed in falls.
- 2 were accidentally shot as a result of crossfire, mistaken for subject, or other firearm mishaps.
- 2 officers drowned.
- 1 died in an aircraft accident.
- 4 officers died in other types of accidents.
Of the 9 officers struck by vehicles:
- 8 were directing traffic, assisting motorists, etc.
- 1 was executing a traffic stop, roadblock, etc.
- 24 of the on-duty officers accidentally killed in 2013 were alone at the time of the accidents.
- 21 on-duty officers had assistance at the time of their fatal accidents.
- 4 officers were off duty, but acting in an official capacity, at the times of their fatal accidents.
Months, days, and times of incidents
- In 2013, the greatest number of accidents resulting in the deaths of law enforcement officers (9) occurred in May.
- More officers were fatally injured in accidents on Fridays in 2013, with 12 officers accidentally killed.
- 16 officers were killed as a result of accidents occurring between 12:01 a.m. and noon.
- 30 officers were fatally injured in accidents that occurred between 12:01 p.m. and midnight.