Law enforcement officers in the state of Washington are no strangers to armed assaults by criminals and dangerous individuals. Our analysis of FBI data shows that approximately 467 law enforcement officers in Washington were attacked in armed assaults from 1997 to 2012. That is an average of 31 officers a year.
This report builds on Officers Gunned Down, a report published by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in May 2011. It updates and expands upon the original analysis with a specific focus on the state of Washington. The report incorporates the most current available data to illustrate the very real and ongoing threat posed to law enforcement, and all Washingtonians, when prohibited purchasers and dangerous people have easy, unchecked access to firearms.