Police Fatalities by Gunfire Increase 53 Percent

ABC News' Pierre Thomas has the startling figures released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
1:26 | 06/11/14

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The number of police officers killed in the line of duty is soaring from coast to coast to officers gunned down in Las Vegas Sunday the latest in a long list of victims those who put their lives on the line every day struck down in cold blood ABC's Pierre Thomas is the very latest good morning here. Good morning John arena after the deadly police shootings in Las Vegas police across the country are angry and concerned. The attacks came as there's been a rise in police fatalities including shootings in the first five months of this year. Compared to last year. So far this year 62 offices have been killed in the line of duty compared to 45 for the same period last year. According to the national law enforcement memorial fund. A number of police killed by firearms through June 8 stands at 23. It was fifteen to the same period last year that's up 53% jump another cause for concern anti government and white supremacist groups. The FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies are assisting in the Vegas shooting. And an extraordinary assault on a Georgia courthouse last Friday by a man allegedly affiliated with the sovereign citizen movement. Which refuses to recognize the US government the fact that too violent assaults involving suspects -- extreme anti government philosophies. Both happen within 72 hours of each other as the attention of federal authorities John Rana.

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