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