Last year, 66 U.S. police officers were killed by felons in the line of duty, an increase of 61 percent on 2015 according to the FBI. It’s also the highest number of deaths since 2011 when 72 officers lost their lives. Taking officers who also died in accidents on the job into account, the total number of police deaths in the U.S. in 2016 comes to 118.
The profile of the average officer killed was 40 years of age with 14 years of experience on the job. When it comes to the circumstances behind the incidents, ambush accounted for 17 deaths while 13 officers died responding to disturbance calls.