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The Nation

April 06, 1986

Seventy-nine law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty last year, an increase of nearly 10% from 1984, the FBI reported. Seventy of the officers killed last year were shot to death, 58 with handguns and 12 with rifles or shotguns. Five officers were run down intentionally by killers driving motor vehicles, three were beaten to death and one was fatally stabbed. The greatest number of killings, 30, occurred when officers were attempting to apprehend or arrest suspects.

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