Since Start of 2018, at Least 35 Law Enforcement Officers Have Died While on Duty Across the U.S.

By  //  May 7, 2018


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FOX NEWS– Since the start of 2018, at least 35 law enforcement officers across the U.S. have died while on duty — with 23 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 found. 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 were caused by gunfire.

Three of those officers have died in Florida. One of those law enforcement officers was Field Training Officer Kevin Stanton of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Department. Stanton died when a semi-truck crashed into his patrol car on his way to work around 5:15 a.m. on Feb. 17.

A semi-truck lost the treading on its tire which then wrapped around the truck’s axle, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle.  The truck then collided with Stanton’s patrol car.

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Stanton, 32, served with the sheriff’s office for 10 and a half years before his death.

Two other Florida law enforcement officers have also been killed since the start of the year. While eating lunch at a restaurant in Trenton, Florida, Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 29, and Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey, 25, were fatally shot in what appeared to be an ambush on April 19.

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