Report: Police officer deaths by firearms up more than 50%; ambush attacks increase

Report: Police officer deaths by firearms up more than 50%; ambush attacks increase

The number of law enforcement officers shot to death in the line of duty is up by more than 50% this year, and the leading circumstance of those shootings were ambush-style attacks.

That’s according to the nonprofit Washington-based National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund which released its findings Tuesday.

There were 50 officers killed by firearm in 2014, up from 32 the previous year. Of those 50 officers, 15 were killed in ambush attacks, the Memorial Fund said.

Ten were killed ambush-style attacks in 2013, the Fund said.

The FBI, however, found that five officers were ambushed and killed in 2013.

According to the Fund’s 2014 report, 126 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial officers were killed in the line of duty in 2014, compared to 102 in 2013.

CNN has not analyzed each case and cannot authenticate the group’s findings.

The report comes amid simmering distrust and tension between the police and some communities across the country. It was also published less than two weeks after the December 20 ambush shooting of two New York City police officers.

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