Leading Cause Of Death For Cops For 3rd Year: COVID

ABC News reports:

COVID-19 remained the leading cause of law enforcement deaths in 2022 despite the number attributed to the virus dramatically declining.

A new report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund looked at preliminary data and found that 226 federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement officers died last year while in the line of duty.

Of those deaths, 70 can be attributed to COVID-19. However, this is an 83% decline compared to the 405 officers who died from COVID-19 complications in 2021.

Read the full article. Sixty-four police officers were killed by gunfire in 2022. As you may recall, considering COVID to be a “line of duty” death was hotly debated at the start of the pandemic.