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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

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In 2017, 333 officers from the U.S. DOJ were assaulted, and of these officers, 66 were injured. (See Tables 71 and 72.) The following provides information by agency within the DOJ:

  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives—18 officers were assaulted; none were injured.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation—16 officers were assaulted, 1 of whom was injured with a firearm, and 3 with weapons other than firearms.
  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration—10 officers were assaulted, 1 of whom was injured with a weapon other than a firearm.
  • U.S. Marshals Service—289 officers were assaulted; of these officers, 1 was injured with a firearm, and 60 sustained injuries from weapons other than firearms.

Type of activity (See Table 78.)

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

  • 200 officers were making arrests or serving summonses.
  • 60 officers were maintaining custody of prisoners.
  • 32 officers were on court duty.
  • 22 officers were conducting investigations or searches.
  • 19 officers were assigned to other duties.

Weapons (See Table 75.)

Weapons used in the assaults against the 333 DOJ officers include the following:

  • 43 officers were assaulted with vehicles.
  • 37 officers were assaulted with firearms.
  • 8 officers were assaulted with personal weapons, such as hands, fists, or feet.
  • 4 officers were assaulted with knives or other cutting instruments.
  • 4 officers were assaulted with blunt instruments.
  • 237 officers were assaulted with other types of weapons.

Dispositional information (See Tables 71 and 79.)

Law enforcement authorities identified 172 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: 

  • 19 suspects were awaiting trial.
  • 4 suspects are deceased.
  • 3 suspects had their prosecutions declined.
  • 1 suspect was found guilty.
  • 1 suspect was found incompetent to stand trial.
  • 1 suspect’s disposition was pending prosecutive opinion.