Police Deaths Down Dramatically From 2011

Police Deaths Down Dramatically From 2011

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In 2012 the FBI reports there were 47 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.  Despite public perception crime is high--officer deaths are down a whopping 35% from the 72 deaths recorded in 2011.



"Protecting our fellow citizens sometimes require that these brave men and women to lay down their lives," said FBI Director Robert Mueller in a video message that accompanied the news release.  Southwest Alabama had two men on that list.  Officer Steven green was stabbed to death by a suspect in February of last year.  His death stands out in that it was the only police stabbing death in the nation last year.  A year later it's still not known where the suspect hid the three inch knife that killed Green.  It was a loss felt by the entire community. 


"My husband was a family person. He loved his kids. I knew that was going to be my hardest position to tell them," said Steven Green's wife Valerie Green in a 2012 interview.  Criminals used firearms in 43 of the 47 deaths.  30 used hand guns, seven had rifles and three used shotguns.  In three cases the type of firearm was not listed.  Baldwin County Deputy Scott ward was one of the officers killed when a suspect used a firearm.

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