13 officers in Texas were assaulted with arms or knifes in 2019, study finds

Law enforcement officers in Texas who were assaulted in 2019 with firearms, knives or similar sharp implements numbered 13, according to FBI crime statistics.

In the South region, 45 officers were assaulted in such a manner, according to data released in the fall of 2020. And from 2010 to 2019, the number of Texas law enforcement officers assaulted with knives or firearms was 137, the FBI reported.

Nationwide, 75 officers were assaulted with firearms or sharp implements while on duty in 2019, according to the study.

The total number of assaults on officers – with or without weapons – in the U.S. in 2019 reached 56,034, the FBI reported. Of that number, 8.8% involved knives or other cutting instruments; firearms, 5.6%; and other dangerous weapons, 15.9%.

A total of 48 officers nationwide were killed in felonious incidents in the line of duty that same year, the study said.

Officers Assaulted and Injured with Firearms, Cutting Instruments

Area / State Total 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Number of victim officers 1,031 104 110 105 126 106 102 119 103 81 75
NORTHEAST 124 18 11 20 12 13 10 14 6 9 11
Connecticut 8 2 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
Maine 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Massachusetts 6 0 1 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 0
New Hampshire 5 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rhode Island 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vermont 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
New Jersey 30 4 4 3 3 6 0 2 1 3 4
New York 27 4 3 5 1 3 2 3 3 2 1
Pennsylvania 45 8 2 6 5 2 4 7 1 4 6
MIDWEST 163 25 22 11 17 18 15 17 20 9 9
Illinois 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Indiana 19 3 7 1 1 4 0 1 1 1 0
Michigan 41 8 2 3 3 2 6 2 7 3 5
Ohio 9 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 3 1 1
Wisconsin 16 3 3 2 3 0 1 2 0 0 2
Iowa 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0
Kansas 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Minnesota 7 0 0 0 1 4 1 1 0 0 0
Missouri 60 10 5 5 9 5 6 8 7 4 1
Nebraska 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
North Dakota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Dakota 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
SOUTH 457 45 49 43 52 46 45 54 41 37 45
Delaware 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
District of Columbia 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Florida 49 0 2 10 9 5 5 3 4 2 9
Georgia 36 0 5 4 4 5 4 3 2 5 4
Maryland 16 1 2 2 2 0 2 0 2 0 5
North Carolina 16 2 2 1 0 3 2 4 1 0 1
South Carolina 27 0 2 2 2 3 5 2 2 9 0
Virginia 27 1 5 1 5 3 2 6 3 0 1
West Virginia 10 2 2 1 2 0 2 0 1 0 0
Alabama 7 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 4
Kentucky 20 3 4 4 1 1 1 2 3 0 1
Mississippi 7 0 0 3 1 0 0 3 0 0 0
Tennessee 39 7 8 4 3 4 7 3 0 3 0
Arkansas 14 3 2 2 0 0 0 4 2 1 0
Louisiana 17 2 1 3 2 0 2 3 0 1 3
Oklahoma 29 4 2 0 2 8 3 1 5 2 2
Texas 137 17 12 5 19 13 10 19 15 14 13
WEST 284 16 27 31 45 27 32 34 36 26 10
Arizona 39 2 2 4 11 1 6 6 1 6 0
Colorado 34 2 2 1 4 5 5 5 6 3 1
Idaho 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0
Montana 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Nevada 18 1 2 4 2 1 4 2 2 0 0
New Mexico 7 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 1 0 0
Utah 17 2 1 5 2 4 0 1 1 1 0
Wyoming 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Alaska 9 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 1 0 0
California 124 6 15 12 16 11 13 11 21 13 6
Hawaii 4 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0
Oregon 4 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
Washington 17 1 1 2 3 4 0 1 3 0 2
PUERTO RICO AND OTHER OUTLYING AREAS 3 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
American Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Guam 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mariana Islands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Puerto Rico 3 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
U.S. Virgin Islands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Source: U.S. Department of Justice – Federal Bureau of Investigation

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