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Table 1 Descriptive statistics of fatal and nonfatal LEO assaults, 1998–2013

From: Assaults against U.S. law enforcement officers in the line-of-duty: situational context and predictors of lethality

Characteristic Fatal (N = 791) % Nonfatal (N = 2,022) %
Mean Age (years)* 37.7 35.6
Average experience (months)* 127.3 118.3
Male 94 95
White 85 86
Firearm* 92 66
 Handgun* 65 48
 Rifle* 19 10
 Shotgun 7 8
LEO Wearing Body Armor* 67 83
LEO Disarmed* 13 4
LEO Fired Weapon* 22 37
Primary Wound Location
 Head/Neck/Throat* 61 25
 Upper Torso/Back* 30 18
 Lower Torso/Back* 6 9
 Below Waist* 2 19
 Arms/Hands* 0 29
Assignment
 One-officer Vehicle 59 60
 Two-officer Vehicle* 9 13
 Detective 6 5
 Off-duty* 9 4
 Special Assignment 7 8
 Undercover 3 3
 Other 7 7
Encounter
 Investigative Activities* 14 18
 Disturbance Call* 7 11
 Domestic Call* 7 11
 Attempting Other Arrest 11 11
 Ambush* 8 2
 Unprovoked Attack* 12 5
 Burglary in Progress 2 2
 Robbery in Progress 6 6
 Tactical Situations* 7 10
 Traffic Pursuits and Stops* 18 11
 Drug-related 4 4
 Handling Mentally Deranged Persons* 2 6
 Handling/Transporting/Custody of Prisoners 3 3
  1. *p < 0.05