BTB Special Report: Links to articles about the 164 on-duty police officers shot in 2016


On average, more than three police officers are shot every four days in America, according to an analysis of media reports.

At least 164 officers have been shot while on duty so far this year – 32 have died. At this time last year, 18 police officers had been killed by gunfire. The death toll would be higher if not for bulletproof vests and helmets, training, instincts and a little bit of luck, reported Wednesday.

The number of officers injured by gunfire is on pace to be the higher than any year in the past decade’s worth of FBI data, BTB-OC reported.

The number of shot cops could be higher because it was compiled based on media reports. No national database exists of officers who are shot at.

The FBI reports on officers assaulted, injured and killed on the job, but the agency acknowledges that its reporting is incomplete because it relies on police agencies to provide the information.

Below are links to news articles the shootings.

Jan. 1, South Carolina, Updated: BREAKING NEWS: Estill officer shot in neck

Jan. 3, North Carolina, Charlotte police officer shot, suspect killed

Jan. 7, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Officer Remains Hospitalized After Assassination Attempt as Police Sift Through Suspect’s Past

Jan. 8, Kentucky, VIDEO: Shively Police chief provides update on officer shot Friday morning

Jan. 8, Massachusetts, Boston Police officer shot in Dorchester

Jan. 9, New York, New York, New York Police Officer Is Shot Breaking Up a Brawl in the Bronx

Jan. 9, Arkansas, Little Rock police: Off-duty officer shot at Red Lobster

Jan. 13, Texas, Police: HPD officer shot in leg in Third Ward

Jan. 14, Missouri, Officer-involved shooting in Monroe City; wanted Hannibal suspect in custody

Jan. 17, Ohio, Danville Officer Thomas Cottrell Shot Dead, Weapon and Cruiser Stolen

Jan. 17, Utah, Police officer fatally wounded during shootout

Jan. 22, Florida,  Miami Gardens Police Officer ‘Ambushed,’ Suspect in Custody: Police

Jan. 26, Louisiana, JPSO Deputy Stephen Arnold shot 5 times, in critical condition; suspect to face fed charges

Jan. 27 Georgia, Officials: Georgia trooper, suspect shot in Atlanta area police chase

Jan. 27, Arkansas Arkansas Chief Wounded, Suspect Killed in Wednesday Shooting

Jan. 28, Minnesota, Suspect dead, Oakdale officer shot after morning raid

Feb. 3, Alabama, UPDATE: Man accused of shooting Lauderdale County Sheriff’s deputy identified

Feb. 4, New York, 2 New York City Police Officers Are Shot in the Bronx

Feb. 5, Oregon, Seaside officer shot while attempting to arrest man has died, officials say

Feb. 6, Ohio, Kenton police officer shot; suspect dead

Feb. 6, Wyoming, Laramie County deputy shot in possible hostage situation

Feb. 7, Iowa, UPDATE: Sioux City police release name of officer shot, details leading up to the incident

Feb. 8, Colorado, Mesa County sheriff’s deputy to be taken off life support after being shot

Feb. 10, Georgia, UPDATE: Chatham County sheriff’s deputy home in ‘good shape’ after Pooler shooting and standoff

Feb. 10 Maryland, 2 Harford County Deputies killed in Abingdon shootings

Feb. 11, North Dakota, Fargo police say officer shot during standoff dies

Feb. 11, Georgia, Judge: Riverdale cop killed in Clayton County shooting was ‘a good one’

Feb. 12, Minnesota, 2 Plymouth officers identified in fatal shooting

Feb. 13, Indiana, IMPD officer released from hospital after Saturday morning shooting

Feb. 13, Louisiana, Calvin Smith, suspect accused of shooting 2 Baton Rouge police officers early Saturday morning, dies in hospital

Feb. 15, Mississippi, Clarksdale, MS officer shot in head; in hospital

Feb. 16, Pennsylvania, Allentown police officer shot, report says

Feb. 17, California, Santa Ana police officer, suspect injured in gun battle

Feb. 19, Michigan, Bay City police officer shot, standoff continues, police chief says

Feb. 20, Mississippi, Mississippi policeman killed, three wounded during standoff

Feb. 20, Tennessee, Elizabethon officer released from hospital, suspect identified in shooting

Feb. 20, New York, 2 Cops shot in Brooklyn

Feb. 22, Illinois, Shot Illinois Deputy Saved by Bulletproof Vest     

Feb. 22, Colorado, Suspect shot and killed after Denver Officer Is Shot in Foot

Feb. 24, Missouri, Man charged for shooting officer who answered disturbance call at Independence motel

Feb. 24, Colorado, Park County sheriff’s deputy killed, two injured in Bailey shootout while serving eviction notice

Feb. 25, Nevada, Lyon County Deputies Identify Person Killed in Silver Springs

Feb. 26, South Carolina, A South Carolina sheriff’s deputy was shot and wounded early Friday during a scuffle with a suspect who later barricaded himself inside a home before apparently killing himself, authorities said

Feb. 27, Virginia, Virginia police officer killed a day after she is sworn in; 2 others injured

March 1, Texas, Slain Euless officer David Hofer was shot while telling gunman to show his hands, police accounts show

March 8, New York, Narcotics detective shot — possibly by friendly fire — in Bushwick, Brooklyn bust; one suspect hospitalized, one arrested, one at large

March 9, Florida, JSO: Detective expected to survive after being shot in front of 14-year-old son

March 10, Kentucky, Simpson County Deputy shot in Franklin

March 12, Pennsylvania, Police officer shot in fatal Chester gun battle is recovering, authorities say

March 13, Maryland, Prince George’s County officer killed; suspects in custody

March 14, Illinois, 3 Chicago cops recovering after shootout that left suspect dead

March 14, South Carolina, Chief: 2 in custody after Woodruff police officer shot

March 15, Arkansas, Washington County Deputy Recovering In ICU Following Shooting

March 15, Texas, Fort Worth officer wounded in shootout with father and son fugitives

March 18, South Carolina, Man kills South Carolina police officer, then himself

March 19, Illinois, Police Officer Recovering from Gunshot to the Head [Update]

March 20, Indiana, Durham officer injured after suspect’s gun goes off in scuffle

March 21, North Carolina, Howard County deputy dies from injuries suffered in overnight shooting

March 23, Colorado, Thornton officer shot, suspect killed

March 24, New Mexico, One suspect dead, officer hurt in casino shooting

March 26, North Carolina, Suspect identified in Saturday night shooting of CMPD police officer

March 26, Florida, Tampa police officer wounded; suspect dead after shooting

March 31, Virginia, Virginia State Trooper Killed in Bus Station Shooting

April 3, Texas, Injured APD officer says concierge is his hero

April 10, Ohio, Funeral held for fallen Columbus Police Officer Steven Smith

April 11, New Mexico, Police: Portales officer shot during traffic stop

April 14, Texas, 1 Suspect in Custody After Austin Police Officer Shot [UPDATED]

April 14, Texas, Deputy constable recovering after being shot several times in ‘unprovoked’ ambush

April 16, Alabama, Florence police chief identifies officer, suspect in shooting

April 17, Pennsylvania, Cops: Suspect Accused Of Shooting Cop Had Been Arrested 14 Times

April 23, Arizona, Chandler police identify officers injured in Walmart shooting

April 23, Missouri, St. Louis police officer shot in north St. Louis

April 24, Kansas, 3 federal agents shot, motel set ablaze in Kansas

April 25, Illinois, Chicago police officer shot in Little Village

April 26, Texas, Officer shot near UT-Arlington while arresting suspect in Saginaw teen’s slaying

April 26, Virginia, Update: Suspect surrenders after deputy was shot in Pittsylvania Co.

May 5, California, VIDEO: Antioch police officer shot in head in Pittsburg after pursuit

May 5, Wisconsin, Officer-involved shooting at 76th and Mill: Robbery suspect fatally shot by officers

May 6, Oklahoma, McCurtain County deputy, suspect injured in shooting

May 8, Illinois, Illinois Police Officer Shot, Manhunt Underway for Suspect

May 9, Kansas, KCK detective dies at hospital after shooting; suspect wounded and arrested in Kansas City

May 11, South Dakota, Shooter of Rosebud Sioux Tribal police officer still at large

May 13, New Hampshire, Man who shot two police officers in Manchester in custody, authorities say

May 14, Arizona, 2 dead, 2 officers injured in Phoenix shooting

May 18, Arizona, Suspect ID’d in shooting that killed Phoenix officer David Glasser

May 20, West Covina, Suspect arrested in West Covina officer shooting

May 21, Missouri, Missouri patrol trooper, suspect injured in shooting

May 21 Massachusetts, Slain Auburn Officer Was Shot In The Back; Killer Called Daughter To Say ‘Sorry’

May 24, Illinois, Two FBI agents shot while serving warrant outside of Chicago

May 26, Tennessee, UPDATE: Names of deputy and suspect released in Wednesday shootout

May 28, Georgia, UPDATE: Suspects arrested in connection with Harris Co. deputy shooting

May 29, Wisconsin, UPDATE: Appleton Officer, Bystander Recovering After Being Shot by Suspect

June 1, California, Heavy police presence shuts down Fremont roads

June 1, Kentucky, Madison County sheriff’s deputy released from hospital after being shot

June 4, Georgia, Atlanta Police Officer Shot; 2 Suspects in Custody

June 8, Virginia, Stafford Deputy Shot

June 9, Pennsylvania, York County deputy kills man who shot him in face

June 10, Ohio, Suspect captured after shooting that injured Warren Co. deputy

June 11, Kentucky, Armed, dangerous suspect at large after shooting of LMPD officer

June 12, Florida, Police: Helmet saves officer’s life in tragic Orlando shooting

June 20, South Carolina, Witness: Dollar General hostage ‘fell into my arms’

June 21, Tennessee, Two brothers dead and one MPD officer injured following Fox Meadows standoff

June 22, Louisiana, JPSO deputy shot has died, authorities say

June 23, Louisiana, VIDEO: 2 OPSO deputies shot, suspect arrested

June 23, California, 2 L.A. County Deputies in Unknown Condition After Being Wounded in Shooting in Bellflower

June 24, Pennsylvania, Delaware County police officer shot in the face

June 24, Texas, Comal Deputy in Bulverde shooting expected to make ‘full recovery’

June 30, Alabama, Jefferson County deputy, suspect shot during Birmingham drug raid

July 2, Missouri, Suspect in custody, North County police officer wounded in overnight shooting

July 4, South Carolina, Police officer shot following standoff in North Charleston

July 7, Texas, Dallas sniper attack: 5 officers killed, suspect identified

July 8, Missouri, Ballwin officer identity released after ‘ambush’ shooting on Friday

July 8, Georgia, Authorities: 911 Caller Ambushed, Shot Officer in Georgia

July 8, Tennessee, TBI: Man who opened fire in Bristol was mad about police shootings

July 9, Alabama, Alabama deputy shot, suspect dead following hostage situation

July 11, Kentucky, Louisville Metro Officer Killed in Line of Duty

July 11, Michigan, 2 court bailiffs shot, killed at Berrien County courthouse; shooter dead

July 13, Missouri, Ex-boyfriend charged in murders of St. Louis elementary school principal, her friend

July 16, Indiana, Police officer shot in the leg on city’s south side, suspect in custody

July 17, Wisconsin,  Officer shot in ‘vicious’ attack on Milwaukee’s south side, suspect dead

July 17, Louisiana, Baton Rouge shooting; 3 officers dead, shooter was Missouri man, sources say

July 18, Kansas, Kansas City Police officer shot and killed never had chance to return fire