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Excluding the 71 officers who were killed in the 9/11 attacks in New York, FBI statistics show that 60 police officers were killed in 2001 with firearms. Of these 60 officers, 45 were slain with handguns, 11 with rifles, and 4 with shotguns. Seven officers were killed with vehicles, one officer was murdered with personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.), and one was killed with a blunt object.

At the time they were slain. 39 officers were wearing body armor. Sixteen officers attempted to use their weapons by unsnapping the holster, drawing the weapons, or performing an action to indicate an attempt to use the weapons, but were unable to fire. Twelve of the officers fired their own weapons during the incident, and seven officers' weapons were stolen (taken from the scene). Three officers were killed with their own weapons.

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Those are some sobering stats!


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