New Mexico included in the FBI’s release of 2021 statistics on law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
According to statistics released by the FBI on Monday, two New Mexico law enforcement officers were included in the 129 who were killed in incidents while on duty in 2021.
Of those, 73 officers have died as a result of foul play, including New Mexico State Police patrolman Darian Jarrott, who was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop near Deming on February 4, 2021.
Another 56 officers have died in crashes, including Corporal Thomas Frazier of the Artesia Police Department, who died in a car accident on May 21, 2021.
“Law enforcement officers risk their lives every day to keep Americans safe,” said Special Agent in Charge Raul Bujanda of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division. “Some of these brave men and women never return home to their families and loved ones. Their sacrifice deserves our respect and eternal gratitude.
Comprehensive data tables of these incidents and brief accounts describing the fatal attacks have been published in the Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) section of the FBI Law Enforcement Data Explorer ( a subset of the Crime Data Explorer): https://crime-data-explorer.app.cloud.gov/officers/national/united-states/leoka
Here is a summary of the report:
Seventy-three officers were killed by crime in 2021, an increase of 27 from the 46 officers killed as a result of criminal acts in 2020.
The 73 criminal deaths occurred in 28 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
The 5- and 10-year comparisons show an increase of 27 criminal deaths from the 2017 figure (46 officers) and an increase of 24 deaths from the 2012 data (49 officers).
Officer Profiles: The average age of officers who were murdered was 39 years old. The victimized officers had served in law enforcement for an average of 12 years at the time of the fatal incidents. Among the 73 officers:
- 68 were men.
- 5 were women.
- 60 were white.
- 9 were black/African American.
- The race of the 4 deceased officers has not been reported.
Circumstances encountered by the victim’s agent upon arrival at the scene of the incident. Of the 73 officers criminally killed:
- 24 officers were killed in unprovoked attacks.
- 9 officers died as a result of investigative/enforcement activities.
- 4 were involved in surveillance activities.
- 2 were making arrests for traffic offences.
- 1 was responding to an active shooter.
- 1 was involved in an undercover situation.
- 1 was investigating a wanted person.
- 8 agents were ambushed (trapping/premeditation).
- 8 officers were involved in prosecutions.
- 7 were vehicular (other than on foot).
- 1 was on foot.
- 7 officers responded to disturbances/disruptions.
- 3 responded to a disturbance (disordered subject, fight, etc.).
- 2 responded to domestic disturbances (family quarrel, no aggression).
- 2 were responding to situations of domestic violence.
- 6 officers were involved in tactical situations.
- 4 were involved in barricaded/hostage situations.
- 2 were serving or attempting to serve arrest warrants.
- 4 officers were involved in arrest situations.
- 2 were involved with verbal advice only.
- 1 maintained custody of a prisoner (in a vehicle, compound, etc.).
- 1 type of arrest situation was not reported.
- 2 officers responded to crimes in progress.
- 1 was an active shooter. 1 was an assault.
- 1 officer was assisting other law enforcement officers.
- 1 was serving/attempting to serve a court order (eviction notice, subpoena, etc.).
- 1 officer was out of service (courtyard, catering, etc.).
- 1 officer was responding to a crime report.
- 1 agent provided/deployed equipment (rockets, traffic cones, etc.).
Weapons: Offenders used firearms to kill 61 of the 73 police victims. Six officers were killed with vehicles used as weapons. Four officers were killed by the offender’s use of personal weapons (hand, fists, feet, etc.). Of the 61 police officers killed by firearms:
- 15 were killed with handguns.
- 11 with guns.
- 2 with shotguns.
- 33 with firearms of unknown or undeclared firearm types.
Regions: Criminal deaths have been reported in three of the four regions of the United States.
- 44 officers were criminally killed in the South.
- 13 West.
- 12 in the Midwest.
- None were criminally killed in the Northeast.
- 4 officers were also killed in Puerto Rico.
Suspects: Law enforcement has identified 66 suspected attackers in connection with the criminal deaths in the line of duty.
- 20 of the attackers had already been the subject of criminal arrests.
- 9 of the offenders were under judicial supervision at the time of the criminal acts.
Fifty-six law enforcement officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty in 2021, an increase of 10 from the 46 officers accidentally killed in 2020. The majority (32 officers) were killed in road accidents.
Profile of officers: The average age of officers killed accidentally was 40; the average number of years the victimized officers had served in law enforcement was 10. Of the 56 officers accidentally killed:
- 52 were men.
- 4 were women.
- 46 were white.
- 7 were black/African American.
- 1 was Asian.
- The run for 2 victimized officers was not reported.
Circumstances: The 56 officers accidentally killed died in a variety of scenarios:
- 32 died as a result of road accidents.
- 30 while driving motor vehicles.
- 2 while riding an ATV or motorcycle.
- 20 were pedestrians hit by vehicles.
- 4 officers drowned.
- Use of seat belts. Of the 30 officers killed in motor vehicle crashes (not including ATVs and motorcycles), 7 were wearing seat belts and 5 were not. Seat belt usage data was not reported for 18 of the officers.
Regions: Accidental deaths have been reported in all four regions of the United States and in Puerto Rico.
- 26 of the accidental deaths occurred in the South.
- 13 West.
- 9 in the Midwest.
- 7 in the Northeast.
- 1 in Puerto Rico.