Report shows alarming increase in police line of duty deaths

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By: Liz Gelardi

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - A national report shows an increase in the number of police officers killed in the line of duty.

Earlier this month IMPD Officer Perry Renn was killed by a suspect who allegedly shot him with an assault rifle. The numbers show firearms-related fatalities involving officers is up 56%, compared to the first half of 2013.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund looked at all 67 line of duty deaths from the first half of 2014. Traffic related incidents remain the leading cause of officer deaths followed by gun related incidents.

So far this year the state of Indiana has lost three law enforcement officers. Tipton County Sheriff's Deputy Jacob Calvin was killed on June 28, IMPD Officer Perry Renn was killed on July 5, and Gary Police Officer Jeffrey Westerfield was killed on July 6.

“That’s especially troubling because Indiana here we are just over halfway through the year and with Indiana having lost three officers already that’s higher than many of the totals from entire years over the past 4 or 5 years," said Steve Groeninger, Communications Director with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

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