The number of cops killed in the line of duty during violent acts has almost doubled in the past year, the FBI said.
In 2014, 51 cops were killed in a felony crime — up from just 27 the year before, which marked a 35-year low,according to preliminary data released Monday by the FBI.
By region, eight cops were killed during the commission of a crime in the Northeast, 17 in the South, 14 in the West, eight in the Midwest and four in Puerto Rico.
An average of 64 officers were killed per year nationwide from 1980 to 2014 in felony cases, the FBI said.
The data come amid spiking tensions between law enforcement and minority communities after deaths of unarmed black men and boys at the hands of cops in Baltimore, Staten Island and Ferguson, Mo.
The recent turmoil also has shed light on the dangers faced by cops across the country.
Among the 51 slain cops, 46 were shot at with handguns, rifles and shotguns; four were run over by vehicles; and one was killed with the offender’s bare hands, the FBI said.