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In 2015, 260 officers from the DOJ were assaulted, and of these officers, 1 was killed and 45 were injured. (See Tables 123 and 124.) The following provides information by agency within the DOJ:

  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives—11 officers were assaulted, 1 of whom was injured with a firearm. (See Tables 123 and 124.) 
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation—22 officers were assaulted, 3 of whom were injured with firearms, and 2 with weapons other than firearms. (See Tables 123 and 124.) 
  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration—11 officers were assaulted, 1 of whom was injured with a weapon other than a firearm. (See Tables 123 and 124.) 
  • U.S. Marshals Service—216 officers were assaulted; of these officers, 1 was killed with a firearm, 4 were injured with firearms, and 34 sustained injuries from weapons other than firearms. (See Tables 123 and 124.) 

Type of activity (See Table 130.)

Officers from the DOJ were performing the following activities when they were assaulted:

  • 185 officers were making arrests or serving summonses. 
  • 19 officers were conducting investigations or searches. 
  • 18 officers were on court duty. 
  • 15 officers were on patrol or guard duty. 
  • 3 officers were maintaining custody of prisoners. 
  • 1 officer was assigned to office duty. 
  • 1 officer was assigned to protection duty. 
  • 18 officers were assigned to other official duties. 

Weapons (See Table 129.)

Weapons used in the assaults against the 260 DOJ officers include the following:

  • 126 officers were assaulted with personal weapons, such as hands, fists, or feet. 
  • 54 officers were assaulted with firearms. 
  • 25 officers were assaulted with vehicles. 
  • 24 officers were assaulted with knives or other cutting instruments. 
  • 31 officers were assaulted with other types of weapons. 

Dispositional information (See Table 131.)

Law enforcement authorities identified 175 suspects in connection with the assaults on the DOJ officers. The following dispositional information was available for 29 of these suspects at the time of this report: 

  • 21 suspects were awaiting trial. 
  • 4 suspects are deceased. 
  • 2 suspects were found guilty. 
  • 2 suspects’ cases were pending prosecutive opinions.