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How many law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in 2016?

There were 145 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in the United States in 2016, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, which tracks and memorializes all officers killed in the line of duty.

A total of 34 K9 officers also died in the line of duty last year, according to the ODMP.

Four of the officers and two of the K9 officers were from Pennsylvania.

On July 18, Corrections Officer Kristopher David Moule died after he and an inmate fell down an elevator shaft during a struggle at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

Corrections Officer David Weaver died on Sept. 26 after he accidentally fell and struck his head on a concrete wall surrounding the outdoor recreation yard at State Correctional Institute Graterford, according to the ODMP.

Cannonsburg Borough Police Officer Scott Leslie Bashioum was shot and killed on Nov. 10 while responding to domestic disturbance call, according to the ODMP.

On Dec. 30, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Landon Weaver was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call in Huntingdon County.

Of the officers who died in the line of duty last year, 66 were deemed to have been feloniously killed in the line of duty in 56 incidents, according to preliminary data from the FBI.

Of those, 17 were ambushed, according to the FBI.

Nearly half of those ambush killings occurred in two incidents; one in Dallas, Texas, in July when five officers were killed and several others were injured, and one a few weeks later in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which claimed the lives of three officers and injured three others.

Both the total number of officers who died in the line of duty as reported by the ODMP and the number of officers killed in the line of duty as reported by the FBI, increased from 2015 to 2016, but decreased compared to 2011.

To learn more about each officer visit odmp.org.

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