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Number of Officers Slain in 2011 is Up, FBI Says

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There 72 law enforcement officers slain nationwide in 2011, up from 56 in 2010, according to the FBI preliminary stats released Monday.

Of the total, 19 officers were killed during ambushes (14 during unprovoked attacks and five due to entrapment/premeditation situations); five were slain while investigating suspicious persons or circumstances; 11 were killed during traffic pursuits/stops; five of the officers interrupted robberies in progress or were pursuing robbery suspects; and four died while responding to disturbance calls (one being a domestic disturbance).

Six officers died during tactical situations; one died while conducting investigative activity; one officer died while handling or transporting a prisoner; and 20 officers were killed while attempting other arrests.

Of the 72 victims, 49 were wearing body armor at the times of their deaths. Seven of the slain officers had their service weapons stolen.

Stretch of Calif. I-8 to Be Dedicated to Slain Border Agent

Robert Rosas Jr.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A five mile stretch along I-8 in California in the San Diego area will have signs honoring Robert Rosas Jr., a popular border patrol agent who was killed in an ambush two years ago, the San Diego Union Tribune reported.

A ceremony to unveil the signs is set for the fall, the paper reported. The memorial was cleared by the state legislature, and the National Border Patrol Council has pledged the $4,500 for the signs, the Tribune reported.

“Robert Rosas we a true hero who gave the ultimate sacrifice in safeguarding our country,” said state Sen. Joel Anderson, according to the paper.

The Tribune reported that Rosas, 30, was on patrol on the night of July 23, 2009 along the Shockey Truck Trail when he was ambushed by a group of smugglers out to rob him.

FBI Reports 48 Law Enforcement Officers Slain in 2009; Up 7 From Year Before

Slain Border Parol Agent Robert Rosas Jr

Slain Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas Jr

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Forty eight law enforcement officers in 2009 were either shot and killed or hit by cars that were used as weapons, up by seven from the previous year, the FBI said Monday.  Additionally, 47 died in accidents while on the job.

One of those slain in 2009 was  U.S. Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas Jr., 30. He was shot and killed at 9 p.m. on July 23 while following a group of suspicious people near Campo, Calif. A 17-year-old was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the shooting.

The FBI also reported that 57,268 officers were assaulted in the line of duty in 2009.

Of the law enforcement officers killed in violent acts, the average age was 38 and the average time on the job was 12 years, the FBI said. All but one of the victims was male; 42 were white, 3 black, 2 American Indian/Alaskan Native and one Asian/Pacific Islander.

Of the 48 killed, 15 were ambushed; 8 were killed during arrest situations; 8 were killed while performing traffic stops; 6 while answering disturbance calls; 5 during tactical situations (e.g., high-risk entry); 4 while investigating suspicious persons/circumstances; and two while handling, transporting or maintaining custody of prisoners.

Additionally, 45 of the 48 were killed by firearms and three by vehicles that were used as weapons, the FBI said.

Geographically, 23 occurred in the South, 13 in the West, 7 in the Northeast and 5 in the Midwest. Two of the deaths took place in Puerto Rico.

Thirty-three of the assailants had prior criminal records, and 13 of the assailants were under judicial supervision at the time.

House Passes Bill To Help Families of Slain Agents With Relocation Costs

Sam Hicks/fbi photo

Sam Hicks/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Last November, the Baltimore FBI office was named after Sam Hicks, a slain Pittsburgh FBI agent who had worked as a Baltimore cop.

Now his name lives on in a piece of national legislation.

The House on Tuesday passed a bill named after Hicks that will allow federal law enforcement agencies to assist with relocation costs for families of slain agents who want to return to their hometown, according to a release by the FBI Agents Association.

“Today the House of Representatives passed the same version of the Special Agent Samuel Hicks Families of Fallen Heroes Act that was recently passed by the Senate by a vote of 412 to 0, clearing the legislation for Presidential signature,” the Association said in a statement. “This legislation will allow federal law enforcement agencies to assist families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty with relocation costs if they need to move back to their home communities.”

Hicks was slain in Nov. 19, 2008 while executing an arrest warrant.

The story about the House passing the legislation was first reported by the law enforcement website Main Justice.

The Hunt is Over: Police Shoot and Kill Suspect in Slayings of 4 Washington State Cops

Maurice Clemmons

Maurice Clemmons

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The hunt for a convicted felon wanted in the slayings of four Washington state police officers ended early Tuesday morning when police shot and killed him in South Seattle, the Seattle Times reported.

The paper reported that police shot Maurice Clemmons while he was standing in the 4400 block of South Kenyon Street around 2:40 a.m. Seattle time.

Authorities say Clemmons was suspected of killing four Lakewood police officers in a coffee shop Sunday morning. The officers were working on their laptops at the time.

No police officers were injured, the paper reported.

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