WASHINGTON D.C.: The FBI has reported that 93 police officers were killed in the line of duty in 2020.
This was a slight increase over 2019 figures, when 89 police officers died.
FBI statistics noted that the fewest police killings occurred in 2013 with 76, and the most were in 2011 with 125.
The FBI also reported that of the 93 deaths in 2020, 46 officers died as a result of being assaulted, two fewer than in 2019, while 47 officers died in accidents.
Of those killed after being assaulted, nine policemen were ambushed, seven died during investigations or while performing law enforcement activities, seven while assisting other police officers, five were responding to crimes in progress, four were reporting on disorders or disturbances and three were killed while making arrests.
Offenders used firearms to kill 41 of the 46 officers, the FBI report said. Four officers were killed with vehicles used as weapons.
Of the 47 policemen killed in accidental deaths, 26 were killed in vehicle crashes, adding that 24 died while operating a car, SUV, truck or van.
The FBI also said that more than half of police deaths occurred in the southern United States.