A total of 65 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty in the United States since the beginning of 2020. That's according to the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum, which releases the mid-year numbers annually.
Most were killed in firearms-related incidents while officers were investigating a suspicious person or activity. Many of the deaths also involve traffic incidents that include crashes and officers being hit after stepping out of their cars
The organization says 12 officers died from job-related illness — five in connection with COVID-19.
Texas leads the country in officer-related deaths.
The data this year shows a 14 percent decrease in line-of-duty deaths compared to the same time last year.
You can find much more information in the 2020 mid-year report by clicking here.