RELATED ARTICLE: An Overview of Violent Encounters: Felonious
Assaults on America's Law Enforcement Officers
The authors used data from the FBI's annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report, which contains statistics not only regarding felonious
killings but also information about accidental deaths.
of Selected Felonious
Killings of Law Enforcement Officers (Washington, DC, 1992); and Anthony J.
Suspects: Law enforcement agencies identified 41 alleged assailants in connection with the 48 felonious
This study clearly shows that an arrest for an apparently minor infraction of the law might well result in a felonious
assault against a police officer.
Region: 20 of the felonious
deaths occurred in the South, 9 in the West, 9 in the Midwest, and 3 in the Northeast.
Of the 57 officers who died in 2007 as a result of felonious
* More officers (7 in each month) died from felonious
assaults that occurred in August and November than in any other month.
When the task force was formed, there were roughly 10,000-12,000 outstanding warrants for the arrest of felonious
LEOKA also provides tabular data about felonious
deaths, accidental deaths, and assaults on officers.
In September 1992, the FBI published the findings of a 3-year comprehensive study entitled Killed in the Line of Duty: A Study of Selected Felonious
Killings of Law Enforcement Officers.
Specifically, Section I of this publication provides facts about the circumstances surrounding both the felonious
and accidental deaths of law enforcement officers.