By Bill Carey
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The National Fraternal Order of Police (NFOP) has released its latest monthly report on the number of law enforcement officers shot in the line of duty per year. April 30, including 15 fatalities in 2023.
The number of officers shot in separate ambush attacks has increased by 10% compared to the same period in 2022. A total of 43 officers have been shot and six killed in 30 attacks. The number of attacks has also increased by five.
The NFOP defines an ambush as when an officer is hit by gunfire without any warning or opportunity to defend himself.
A total of 135 officers have been shot in the line of duty during this period, a 10% increase over April 2022 and an increase over the same period in the past three years (+48% in 2021 YTD, +54% in 2020 YTD ). Fifteen of these 135 were killed by gunfire.
The number of officers killed by gunfire is down 21% compared to April 2022.
In a state-by-state breakdown of officers shot in the line of duty, California and Pennsylvania lead the nation with 11 each. Missouri follows with nine and Florida with eight.
Download the full report here or read it below.