Report: Three TN officers among 118 killed in 2016
Three Tennessee law enforcement officers were among the 66 officers killed in 2016 according to new statistics released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report for 2016 adds an additional 57,180 officers were assaulted in the line of duty. Both deaths and assaults are up from 2015 numbers. Among the killings in Tennessee is the death of a Memphis officer on June 4th who was struck by a suspect's vehicle in response to a shooting call. The 46-year-old was clearing a busy intersection of pedestrians when the fleeing suspect struck the officer. On August 9th, a TBI special agent was shot and killed during an undercover drug operation in Jackson. Conducting an undercover cocaine buy, the suspect shot and killed the agent during an attempt to rob him. Just weeks later, on August 25th, a Maryville Police Department officer was ambushed after responding to a domestic disturbance call. The officer was killed after he and other officers were shot at by a man who opened fire from a Blount County home. The FBI report adds another 52 officers were killed accidentally, bringing the 2016 total of law enforcement officer deaths to 118. Of the 52 accidental deaths, 26 were killed in vehicle crashes, 12 were struck by vehicles, and 7 were involved in motorcycle crashes. Of the 66 officers killed in criminal incidents, 62 were killed by firearms and 51 of the officers were wearing body armor at the time.