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Done with an intent to commit a serious crime or a felony; done with an evil heart or purpose; malicious; wicked; villainous.

An aggravated assault, such as an assault with an intent to murder, is a felonious assault. A simple assault, such as one done with an intent to frighten, is not felonious.

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adj. referring to an act done with criminal intent. The term is used to distinguish between a wrong which was not malicious, and an intentional crime, as in "felonious assault," which is an attack meant to do real harm.

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of, involving, or constituting a FELONY.
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of Selected Felonious Killings of Law Enforcement Officers (Washington, DC, 1992); and Anthony J.
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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 attacks:
* 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 fugitives.
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.