66 Deaths So Far This Year. R.I.P
Shootings were the main cause of officer deaths for the first six months, the first time in three years in which traffic-related fatalities did not top the list, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which published an analysis of its data this week. At least 66 federal, state or local law enforcement officers have died on duty so far this year, according to a New York Times analysis of contemporaneous news reports and tallies maintained by two organizations dedicated to honoring the lives of dead officers. Sixty-three were men.The groups — the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and the Officer Down Memorial Page — arrive at different line-of-duty death tolls for the year, but neither records a substantial increase compared with the same time period a year ago.The number excludes a handful of deaths linked to causes from years past, such as the long-delayed effects of complications from vehicle crashes.