This week has been a deadly one for law enforcement officers. "In four days, five officers were killed in the line of duty in shootings around the country, more than doubling the number of officers who have died by gunfire so far this year."
A Colorado sheriff's deputy died after being shot Monday; two sheriff's deputies were killed Wednesday in Maryland; a police officer in Georgia is dead after gunfire broke out Thursday while he and other officers were serving a warrant; and a police officer shot Wednesday night in North Dakota did not survive, authorities say.
But even before these deaths were reported, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund said that three other officers had been shot in the line of duty this year.
The yearly total for 2016 so far sits at eight. Comparatively, for the same time last year, only one officer had been killed by gunfire in the line of duty. In 2015, 42 officers were fatally shot for an average of less than one officer fatality per week.
The five shootings this week were:
Two sheriff's deputies shot and killed in Maryland- "A gunman shot and killed two deputies Wednesday at a restaurant and outside a nearby apartment complex in eastern Maryland after the officers were called to investigate him, authorities say."
A Colorado deputy died of gunshot wounds two days after he was shot. "Mesa County sheriff's Deputy Derek Geer was shot Monday morning as he tried to detain a man in Grand Junction, authorities said. Greer had responded to a report of a suspicious person with a gun near railroad tracks south of the Interstate 70 business loop, police said."
A Fargo officer was shot during a home standoff in Fargo, North Dakota- "[Officer Jason] Moszer was shot after he and other officers went to a Fargo home to investigate a report of a domestic disturbance, police said."
A Georgia officer was shot and killed after attempted to serve a search warrant- "A Georgia police officer was shot and killed Thursday morning after gunfire broke out while he and other officers were attempting to serve a drug warrant, said Clayton County police Sgt. Ashanti Marbury."