2014 Line-of-Duty Officer Deaths: An Overview

The 2014 line of duty death overview, via IACP


In 2014, line-of-duty deaths among law enforcement officers in the United States increased from 2013 figures but remained notably lower than the previous ten-year average. There were 126 line-of-duty deaths to state, local, tribal, or federal law enforcement officers. Of the 126 fatalities:

  • 50 were the result of firearms-related incidents.
  • 49 were the result of traffic-related incidents.
  • 27 officers died from other causes, including heart attacks and non-vehicular-related incidents.
  • Average age of officer was 41.
  • Average length of service was 12 years.

Among the 50 firearms-related fatalities, there are a number of notable trends:

  • 15 officers were killed in ambush attacks, a 200% increase from 2013.
  • 8 officers were killed during a traffic stop or a pursuit, a 300% increase from 2013.
  • Perpetrators used handguns in over two-thirds of firearms incidents.

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