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2013: fewest police deaths by firearms since 1887

The number of law-enforcement officers killed by firearms in 2013 fell to levels not seen since the days of the Wild West, according to a report released Monday.

The annual report from the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund also found that deaths in the line of duty generally fell by 8 percent and were the fewest since 1959.

According to the report, 111 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial officers were killed in the line of duty nationwide this past year, compared to 121 in 2012.

Forty-six officers were killed in traffic related accidents, and 33 were killed by firearms.

The number of firearms deaths fell 33 percent in 2013 and was the lowest since 1887.

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scawarren's picture

And I bet it's safe to say

And I bet it's safe to say that the number of civilians killed by law enforcement is at its highest :/

"The duty of a true patriot is to protect his country from its government." -Thomas Paine

Ninety-four in the first three months in 2013

I counted 94 January through March alone.