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 2014, 45 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 and in Puerto Rico.
- Of the officers accidentally killed, 20 were employed by city police departments, 17 were employed by county agencies, 5 were employed by state agencies, and 2 were employed by federal agencies. One officer from Puerto Rico was accidentally killed.
- By region, 19 officers who were accidentally killed were employed by agencies in the South, 13 by agencies in the West, 8 by agencies in the Northeast, 4 by agencies in the Midwest, and 1 in Puerto Rico.
- The average age of the officers who were accidentally killed in 2014 was 39 years.
- The average length of law enforcement service for the officers accidentally killed in the line of duty was 10 years.
- Of the 45 officers who were accidentally killed, 43 were white, and 2 were Asian/Pacific Islander.
- 42 of the officers who died in 2014 due to accidental line-of-duty incidents were male; 3 were female.
Of the officers who were accidentally killed in the line of duty in 2014:
- 28 died as a result of automobile accidents.
- 6 were struck by vehicles. Five officers were directing traffic, assisting motorists, etc., and one was executing a traffic stop, roadblock, etc.
- 6 officers died in motorcycle accidents.
- 2 were accidentally shot. One died as a result of crossfire, mistaken for subject, or other firearm mishap, and one incident occurred during a training session.
- 1 officer drowned.
- 2 officers died in other types of accidents.
- 27 of the on-duty officers accidentally killed in 2014 were alone at the time of the incidents.
- 17 on-duty officers had assistance at the time of their fatal accidents.
- 1 officer was off duty, but acting in an official capacity, at the time of the fatal accident.
Months, days, and times of incidents
- More officers (6 in each month) died from accidental line-of-duty incidents that occurred in January, May, October, and December than in any other month in 2014.
- More officers were fatally injured in accidents on Sundays and Tuesdays in 2014 with 9 officers accidentally killed on each day.
- 25 officers were killed as a result of accidents occurring between 12:01 a.m. and noon.
- 19 officers were fatally injured in accidents that occurred between 12:01 p.m. and midnight.