Despite this week’s tragic attack that killed NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia, the number of police fatalities linked to gunfire so far in 2017 is lower than last year at this time.
As of July 5, 2016, 28 officers were killed in gunfire exchange. The number is down slightly this year with 25 officers dying from gunshot wounds, according to Officer Down Memorial Page, an outlet that annually tracks trends in police fatalities.
Overall however, this year’s data shows an increase in total police fatalities. Halfway through 2017, 68 officers have been killed, while at this point in 2016 only 58 cops had died in the line of duty.
Other causes of death reported include automobile and motorcycle crashes, vehicular assault, 9/11- and duty-related illnesses, as well as stabbings, heart attacks and assault.
James Jacobs, a professor of constitutional law and the courts at New York University School of Law said the numbers were “too small” and “too similar to infer any trend.”
In 2016 overall, there were a total of 145 officer deaths, 63 of whom were killed as a result of gunfire, according to Officer Down.
NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia, 48, was shot and killed in the Bronx Wednesday. The suspect, Alexander Bonds, 34, was gunned down by two cops along E. 183rd St. and Creston Ave.
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Miosotis was “assassinated” by a gunman who fired off a single round while the she was seated in a mobile command post in the Bronx early Wednesday morning.
The only other New York officer to die from a gunshot-related injury in 2017 was Steven McDonald, who died in January after being shot by teen robbery suspects 31 years ago, according to ODMP data.
New York this year has seen more officer fatalities than any other state, with seven deaths as of January. It’s a marked increase from 2016 — only five New York officers died in the line of duty all year.
California and Texas had the highest number of police fatalities last year, with 11 and 19 deaths respectively.
On the flip side, the number of fatal shootings by police are nearly identical to last year, with officers killing 492 in the first six months of this year, according to the Washington Post. While the number of unarmed people killed by police has decreased, law enforcement is on pace to hit 1,000 people killed for the third year in a row.