Law enforcement fatalities in the U.S. rose 24 percent in 2014, reversing what had been two years of dramatic declines in line of duty deaths, based on preliminary data compiled and released today by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. (story continues below)
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According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund report, 126 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial officers were killed in the line of duty this year, compared to 102 in 2013.
The number of officers killed by firearms in 2014 (50) was 56 percent higher than the number killed by gunfire in 2013 (32).
Ambush-style attacks, as evidenced earlier this month by the shooting deaths of New York City Police Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos while sitting in their marked patrol car, were the number one cause of felonious officer deaths for the fifth year in a row.
Fifteen officers nationwide were killed in ambush assaults in 2014, matching 2012 for the highest total since 1995.
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