Report: 73 law enforcement line-of-duty deaths in first half of 2018

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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A preliminary report from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund revealed 73 members of law enforcement have been killed in the line of duty so far this year- a seven percent increase over last year.

Of those 73 deaths, 31 were the result of firearm-related incidents.

Two of those officers served in New England, according to the report.

In Massachusetts, Sgt. Sean Gannon, a New Bedford native, was shot while serving an arrest warrant in a Yarmouth home.

He later died and his K-9, Nero, was seriously injured.

One week after Sgt. Gannon was laid to rest, Cpl. Eugene Cole was shot and killed in the line of duty.

According to the Press Herald, the accused gunman allegedly told investigators he was mad at Cole for arresting his girlfriend.

Notably, eight of the firearm related deaths occurred during an attempt to arrest a suspect, six officers were killed responding to domestic disturbance calls, and three officers were killed as a result of being ambushed.

Further circumstances are included in the report. 

Traffic-related fatalities (27) increased slightly in the first half of 2018 compared to last year (26). Eleven of those fatalities were the result of multiple-vehicle automobile crashes; nine were the result of single-vehicle crashes and seven officers were struck while outside of their vehicles.

Fifteen officers died of other causes, the majority of which were job-related illnesses, which the report says is down 17 percent from the 18 deaths attributed to other causes during the same time period in 2017.

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