Fewer Line-of-Duty Deaths Among U.S. Cops in 2012, FBI Reports

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Though 95 law enforcement officers who died during a cop-related accidents or while chasing down some criminal activity during 2012, there were 125 deaths in 2011. And there were 128 intentional or accidental deaths in 2010.

Arizona made the unfortunate list in 2012 with the death of William "Bill" Coleman, a Maricopa County Sheriff's deputy who was gunned down on January 8, 2012.

New Times reported at the time that Coleman, 50, was fatally shot when he and other deputies responded to a burglary call at a medical center in Anthem about 4 a.m.

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MCSO Deputy Bill Coleman was gunned down in January 2012

When Coleman and the other deputies approached a van in the parking lot of the business, [a man] was seen sleeping in the vehicle with his dog (authorities suspect [he] has been living in the van). When Coleman tapped on the window, [the man] woke up, opened the van's sliding door, and started shooting at deputies, killing Coleman, a 20-year veteran with the MCSO and father of four children.

The FBI's latest report, Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, includes "duly sworn city, university and college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement officers."

A dozen of the officers were killed last year while they were involved in arresting someone. Of the others, the 2012 report noted:

  • 8 officers were fatally injured during traffic pursuits or stops.
  • 8 officers died as a result of investigating suspicious persons or circumstances.
  • 6 officers were involved in ambush situations.
  • 5 officers were killed as a result of tactical situations (barricaded offender, hostage taking, high-risk entry, etc.).
  • 4 officers who died had responded to disturbance calls.
  • 3 officers suffered fatal injuries while handling, transporting, or maintaining custody of prisoners.
  • 1 officer was conducting investigative activity (surveillance, search, interview, etc.).
  • 1 officer died due to a felonious incident while handling a person with mental illness.

Read more about law enforcement officers deaths in Arizona and across the country on the FBI's website.



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Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Whats amazing is there isn't more with all the police abuse going on.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@truthseekeraz  

Why don't you educate yourself just a little bit before you start preaching?

The fact that you think shooting in the legs is even a valid option tells us that you haven't bothered to begin to learn anything about the subject.

 

elmergantry71
elmergantry71

@PigStateNews Of those, how many led to an indictment and trial of the cop(s) involved? I bet not very damned many.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@PigStateNews  

And are we to assume that they were all innocent victims of the evil police, or did they, with very, very few exceptions, suffer the consequences of their own actions?


squash
squash

@truthseekeraz  @valleynative Hmmm, I guess it doesn't count as "educating" yourself if the book or materials you read don't gel with VN's pro-police ideology...

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

Im not putting words in anyone's mouth. I am providing an example that shows how ludicrous the idea that officers are trained to shoot to kill.

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

You seem to be the only one on the blog oblivious of my employment.

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

needless to say, there are a multitude of reasons why officers are trained to shoot to stop rather than to kill... maybe Mr Collins will pop up and again be the informative source needed for you to accept being educated by me.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@yourproductsucks2

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Now I know you have absolutely nothing to do with Law Enforcement you wannabe...

No one said that if you don't kill them, you run up and "give the suspect a contact wound to the base of his skull to ensure he is dead."

You love to put words in people mouths to make your arguments and it proves you don't know what the hell you are talking about and are a wannabe

What Department do you work for again? Oh that's right, none since you won't name it.

You are splitting hairs and playing semantics games, just like a wannabe who can't make it as an LEO

Have a nice weekend wannabe.. 

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

Ok dumb ass, I will explain the significant difference between shoot to stop and shoot to kill. Im a patrol officer who stumbles upon an armed robbery. I see the bad guy is holding a pistol and pointing out at people. I draw my pistol and verbally confront the suspect. He turns and points his weapon at me. I shoot the suspect. Im a typical officer who doesn't become proficient with my firearm and although I aim center mass as I am taught in the academy, I anticipate and my round strikes the suspect in the lower abdomen. the suspect drops his gun and gives up. I don't thenrun up and give the suspect a contact wound to the base of his skull to ensure he is dead. law enforcement shoots to stop the activity off a deadly encounter. they are taught to shoot center mass if center mass is presented as a target. center mass allows the best chance for the action to be stopped AND its the most probable outcome is death, but that certainly is not the objective or goal of the officer. their goal is to stop the actions of the suspect in a deadly encounter. Its not splitting hairs, it's industry standard. anyone associated with the industry knows that. Its not shocking tp discover that you are ignorant I'd

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@yourproductsucks2 

BTW yippy, explain this to us.

A gun is a deadly weapon. It is designed to kill, that is it's purpose.

So how do you shoot to stop when using a weapon designed to kill... without shooting to kill...

Split hairs and play semantics games all you like, the only person you are fooling is yourself.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@yourproductsucks2

"runaway when you get caught up in a lie.. "

Only one running away is you yippy, you are the one who claims to work or have worked for Law Enforcement, but refuse to name the agency.

I named the agencies I worked for, and yes, those comments are available and visible here and in my profile - I found them, the fact you can't or won't just means you are either stupid or lazy, probably both.

I also have the comments where you claim to work for an LEA but then refuse to name the agency.

You must really hate data retention since it proves you the fool.

BTW - you are welcome to prove me wrong.. oh that's right.... you can't since the only one lying here is you.

So what LEA did you or do you work for again?

Have a good day wannabe... yip yip yip

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

runaway when you get caught up in a lie.. shoot to kill

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@yourproductsucks2

"You have named agencies give worked for? now you are just lying.

shoot to kill..You are fucking stupid"

No, you are lying, I have named them, go back through my comments, they are there.

What LEA did you supposedly work for again?? Oh that's right, you won't name them, which means NONE.

Nite nite wannabe

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

You have named agencies give worked for? now you are just lying.

shoot to kill..You are fucking stupid

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@yourproductsucks2

"You are the wannabe...You want so badly for people to think you were a police officer once"

HAHA!!! At least I am able to name the departments I worked for.. you have never named the department you supposedly work/worked for, as a matter of fact you have actually REFUSED to name them, even though you have 'claimed' to work for an LEA.

Have a good night wannabe

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

You are the wannabe...You want so badly for people to think you were a police officer once

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

so, you don't know the difference. That much is obvious.

perhaps you can provide evidence of your "shootr to kill" logic. I know, I know, is not your responsibility to provide supporting evidence

No law enforcement officer is trained to shoot to kill.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@yourproductsucks2 

LOL... BULLSHIT!

Wannabe's like you need to stop acting like you know anything.. you don't and you can't speak for ALL LEA's around the country.

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

No law enforcement officer in the nation is trained to "shoot to kill" you moron.

Every law enforcement officer is trained to "shoot to stop the threat." anyone who was in law enforcement knows the significance in the difference.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@squash @truthseekeraz @valleynative 

While I go not agree with VN a lot of the time, he is right in this instance.

Shooting to wound is simply not an option. If you have to use a deadly weapon, you use a deadly weapon and shoot to kill. It sucks, but it's the truth.

Consider this: Suspect is coming at you and you attempt to shoot at 2 slim, fast moving appendages which means the chances of hitting them are low, even for someone trained in a combat situation. That is a fact that has been long proven in real world examples.

What if a wound in the leg does not stop them or as I said, the officer misses? Now you have just given that suspect who is intending deadly harm a few seconds to get closer to you and present more of a danger.

Those are only 2 examples of the dozens I could give you.

I am in no way excusing officers who use deadly force when a taser or non-lethal force could or should be used.

I am simply saying that if you are in a situation that requires the use of a gun, meaning the use of deadly force, you use deadly force, you don't fuck around since all that does is put yourself and others in more danger than was originally present.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@squash @truthseekeraz @valleynative  

It's not a question of ideology at all.   If you read anything that says that you should ever shoot for the legs, well, then somebody's lying, because nobody who knows what they're talking about would ever suggest such nonsense.  At least, not outside of a script for a silly TV show.

 

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