Fewer law-en­force­ment of­fi­cers killed on duty in 2005, FBI says

The Washington Times Weekly - - National - By Jerry Seper

Fifty-five law-en­force­ment of­fi­cers na­tion­wide were felo­niously killed in the line of duty in 2005, two fewer than in 2004, the FBI said on Oct. 30.

Three of­fi­cers were killed in Vir­ginia and one in Mary­land.

A re­port by the FBI’s Uni­form Crime Re­port­ing (UCR) Pro­gram said the ma­jor­ity of the slain of­fi­cers worked for city or county po­lice agen­cies. Cal­i­for­nia and Mis­sis­sippi led the na­tion, each los­ing six of­fi­cers.

In ad­di­tion, 67 of­fi­cers were ac­ci­den­tally killed on duty last year, com­pared with 82 in 2004. And 57,546po­lice­of­fi­cer­sat10,032agen- cies were as­saulted while on the job in 2005, com­pared with 59,373 in 2004 — the low­est to­tal since 2001.

FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said the slain of­fi­cers av­er­aged 37 yearsi­nage­and­had­been­with­their de­part­mentsanaver­a­ge­of10years. Fifty-four were men.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, 15 of­fi­cers were felo­niously killed dur­ing traf­ficpur­suit­sorstops,eight­dur­ing ar­rest sit­u­a­tions and eight in am­bushes. Fifty were killed with firearms, and 30 of them had been wear­ing body ar­mor when they were fa­tally wounded.

Mr. Kolko said all 57 of those ar­rested in the killings were male, with­anaver­ageageof30,and­nearly all had a crim­i­nal record.

In Mary­land, Prince Ge­orge’s County Po­lice Cpl. Steven F. Gaughan, 41, was fa­tally shot June 21, 2005, when he and two other de­tec­tivesstoppeda­sus­pi­ciousve­hi­cle in Lau­rel. Cpl. Gaughan, a 14-year vet­eran who was pro­moted to sergeant posthu­mously, was shot mul­ti­ple times with a .40-cal­iber semi­au­to­matic hand­gun.

Robert M. Bil­lett, 44, of Bladens­burg, was con­victed April 3 of first­de­greemur­derand­sen­tenced­to­life in prison with­out the pos­si­bil­ity of pa­role.

In­Vir­ginia,thethree­of­fi­cer­swho were felo­niously killed in the line of duty were:

U.S. Pen­tagon po­lice Of­fi­cer James M. Feltis III, 41, who died Feb. 14, 2005, from in­juries sus­tained a month ear­lier af­ter be­ing struck­byas­tolen­ve­hi­cle­be­ing­pur­sued by Alexan­dria po­lice. He had ren­dered 12 years of ser­vice.

In Septem­ber, Ossie K. La-Rode, 23,wassen­tenced­to31yearsand10 months in prison.

OnFeb.8,2005,Of­fi­cerFeltiswas awarded the De­fense De­part­ment’s Medal of Valor at a hospi­tal bed­side cer­e­mony.

Ch­e­sa­peakePo­liceDepart­ment Of­fi­cer Michael K. Saf­fran, 45, was fa­tally shot Oct. 8, 2005, while as­sist­ing other of­fi­cers dur­ing a bank rob­bery.He­had­serve­donthe­force for two years af­ter a 20-year ca­reer with the U.S. Navy.

Of­fi­cerSaf­fran­was­fol­lowingave­hi­cle leav­ing the area with the rob­ber and three hostages when it crashed and the rob­ber pulled one hostage from the car, plac­ing a re­volver­to­hishead.The­hostage­broke free and a gun­fight en­sured, dur­ing which Of­fi­cer Saf­fran was mor­tally wounded.

Larry D. Blount, 43, was shot by Of­fi­cerSaf­franandtheotherof­fi­cers and died at the scene.

Nor­folkPo­liceDepart­men­tOf­fi­cer Stan­ley C. Reaves, 33, was fa­tally shot Oct. 28, 2005, while re­spond­ing to a com­plaint of a man with a gun. Of­fi­cer Reaves, who had served for 11 years, was at­tempt­ing to ques­tion the man when he was shot at close range in the front of the head.Of­fi­cerReave­shad­been­wear­ing body ar­mor at the time.

Thomas Alexan­der Porter, 30, was found in White Plains, N.Y., and faced charges of cap­i­tal mur­der.

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