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76 POLICE OFFICERS WERE SLAIN IN LINE OF DUTY IN 1994

Seventy-six on-duty law enforcement officers were killed in 1994, including 33 who were wearing body armor.

The total was six more than in 1993. Six were slain with their own weapons, and all but one were killed with a firearm, the FBI said.Sixteen officers were slain attempting to prevent robberies or catch robbery suspects; nine were attempting arrests for earlier crimes; three were investigating drug cases; and three were trying to catch burglary suspects. Fifteen were investigating suspicious people or circumstances; nine enforcing traffic laws; eight answering disturbance calls; seven in ambushes; four were killed while handling mentally deranged people; and two while handling prisoners.