Report: LEOs shot in ambush-style attacks increases 10% over last year

A total of 135 officers have been shot in the line of duty, 15 killed, as of April 30

By Bill Carey 
Police1 Staff  

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The National Fraternal Order of Police (NFOP) has released its latest monthly report on the number of law enforcement officers who have been shot in the line of duty as of April 30, including 15 killed in 2023. 

The number of officers shot in separate ambush-style attacks has risen 10% compared to the same period in 2022. A total-to-date 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-style attack as when an officer is hit by gunfire without any warning or opportunity to defend themselves. 

A total of 135 officers have been shot in the line of duty in this period, an increase of 10% compared to April 2022 and an increase over the same period in the last three years (+48% in 2021 YTD, +54% in 2020 YTD). Fifteen of those 135 were killed by gunfire. 

The number of officers killed by gunfire is down 21% when 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.


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