National report says ambush killings of law enforcement are skyrocketing in 2016

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WASHINGTON, DC – A report from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund says ambush killings of law enforcement have increased more than 300 percent in 2016.

Its mid-year Fatalities Report says as of July 20, 67 federal, state and local law enforcement had died in the line of duty this year.  That’s up 8 percent over the deaths of 62 officers through the same period in 2015.

32 officers were killed by gunfire, up 78 percent from last year, and there 14 ambush-style murders compared to three such incidents through the first half of 2015.

Of the 32 officer deaths in the report, nine were shot and killed in February and 11 died in July.

To see the complete report, click here.

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