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Monday, November 15, 2004

Law Officers Killed and Assaulted in 2003

On May 17, 1792, Deputy Sheriff Isaac Smith with the New York City Sheriff’s Office investigated a disturbance at a colonial inn owned by Levi Hunt, located in what is now the Bronx. The victim deputy was shot with one of two flintlock pistols carried by John Ryer, an unruly drunk, whom the officer was attempting to arrest. Although Ryer fled north into Canada, he was shortly located, arrested, and extradited to New York, where he was tried and hanged for the murder on October 2, 1793.

This scenario describes what is now believed to have been the first law enforcement officer feloniously killed in the line of duty in the United States. It is not too different from the cases presented in the 2003 edition of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted.

Last year, 132 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty. That's one officer lost every 2.8 days.

Of that total, 52 were "feloniously killed"--murdered by criminals. Eighty more officers died accidentally while on duty, mostly in traffic accidents.

Another 57,841 officers were assaulted on the job last year--about one every nine minutes.

Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted in 2003 [FBI]

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