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Officers killed in the line of duty in 2018

FOX News

Suspect is believed to have shot two police officers, killing one, during an hours-long standoff. Since the start of 2018, at least 24 law enforcement officers across the U.S. have died while on duty - with 16 of the deaths caused by gunfire. Roughly 135 cops died in 2016, making it the deadliest year for police officers in at least five years, Fox News has determined. While there were fewer deaths in 2017, the numbers weren't much better: A total of 129 officers died last year. And 46 of those deaths were caused by gunfire. Read on for a look at the officers who have died in the line of duty so far this year. Deputy Sheriff Ryan Zirkle served with the sheriff's department for over two years before he died. Deputy Sheriff Ryan Zirkle of the Marin County Sheriff's Office in California was killed on March 15 while responding to a 911 hangup call regarding an alleged traffic accident.


Officers killed in the line of duty in 2018

FOX News

Suspect is believed to have shot two police officers, killing one, during an hours-long standoff. Since the start of 2018, at least 21 law enforcement officers across the U.S. have died while on duty - with 15 of the deaths caused by gunfire. Roughly 135 cops died in 2016, making it the deadliest year for police officers in at least five years, Fox News has determined. While there were fewer deaths in 2017, the numbers weren't much better: A total of 129 officers died last year. And 46 of those deaths were caused by gunfire. Read on for a look at the officers who have died in the line of duty so far this year. Officer Greggory Casillas was fatally shot while trying to apprehend a suspect on March 9, authorities said.