Number of police officers killed by suspects declined last year
The number of law enforcement officers killed by suspects declined last year, falling to the second-lowest number of such deaths during the Obama administration, according to FBI data released Tuesday.
In 2015, there were 41 officers killed in what the FBI called “felonious acts,” which overwhelmingly involved officers fatally shot during law enforcement activities. The toll declined from the 51 officers killed by suspects in the line of duty a year earlier, when more officers were killed in ambushes and during traffic stops.
The FBI’s figures were made public at a time when law enforcement officers say they are feeling under siege during an era of protests against how police officers use force against people of color — and during a year in which officers were shaken by deadly, high-profile ambushes in Dallas and Baton Rouge.