According to the 2016 Mid-Year Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities Report, as of July 20, 2016, sixty seven federal, state and local law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty this year, increasing eight percent over the 62 officers killed in the same period last year.
Thirty-two officers have been killed in firearms-related fatalities this year, a dramatic increase of 78 percent, compared to 18 deaths during the same period last year. Ambush killings of unsuspecting law enforcement officers is the leading circumstance of the firearms-related fatalities with 14 thus far in 2016-spiking more than 300 percent over the three ambush killings in the same period last year.
The report was compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. See here for the full report.