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Number of Police Officers Killed by Guns Up 72%

Number of Police Officers Killed by Guns Up 72%

Gun-related police officer fatalities in the first half of 2016 were up significantly compared to the same period in 2015, according to data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

The fatal shootings of three officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday brought the number of officers killed by guns this year to 31, compared to 18 at this point in 2015, an increase of 72 percent.

The overall number of officers deaths is roughly the same — 60 in the first half of 2016, compared to 62 in the first half of 2015 — but this year, gun-related fatalities accounted for more than half of officers deaths, while accounting for less than a third of officer deaths in 2015.

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