This happens way too often…

This morning four officers were shot and killed in Washington State in what is being called an ambush.  This happens more than it should and hits close to home for me…. below are the totals as of this morning of officers killed in the line of duty in 2009.

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 111
Accidental: 1
Aircraft accident: 4
Assault: 2
Automobile accident: 31
Duty related illness: 2
Gunfire: 42
Gunfire (Accidental): 2

Heart attack: 7
Motorcycle accident: 4
Struck by vehicle: 5
Vehicle pursuit: 2
Vehicular assault: 9

By Month:
January: 10
February: 7
March: 12
April: 14
May: 10
June: 10
July: 10
August: 8
September: 8
October: 13
November: 9

By State:
Alabama: 4
Arkansas: 2
California: 8
Colorado: 1
Delaware: 1
Florida: 8
Georgia: 4
Idaho: 2
Illinois: 2
Indiana: 2
Kansas: 1
Louisiana: 2
Massachusetts: 2
Minnesota: 4
Mississippi: 3
Missouri: 1
Montana: 1
Nebraska: 1
Nevada: 4
New Jersey: 1
New Mexico: 3
New York: 4
North Carolina: 6
Ohio: 2
Oklahoma: 2
Pennsylvania: 6
Puerto Rico: 2
South Carolina: 2
South Dakota: 1
Tennessee: 1
Texas: 11
U.S. Government: 7
Virginia: 2
Washington: 6
West Virginia: 1
Wisconsin: 1

Average tour: 9 years, 10 months

Average age: 37

By Gender:
Female: 0
Male: 111

The two killed in South Carolina were:

Chief of Police Johnny Hamilton
New Ellenton Police Department, SC
EOW: Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Lance Corporal Jonathan Nash
South Carolina Highway Patrol, SC
EOW: Saturday, September 19, 2009
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Info from http://www.odmp.org

 

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