FBI stats reveal killings of police officers surged in 2014

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Law Enforcement Officer Deaths Up From 2013's Historic Low

The Federal Bureau of Investigation released statistics Monday saying that 51 police officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2014.

According to the preliminary figures, that number is an 89 percent increase compared to the 27 officers killed in 2013. The report also notes that 2013 saw a dramatic drop to a 35-year low mark since 1980. In the years since then 64 law enforcement officers were killed annually in the line of duty.

Of those 51 law enforcement deaths in 2014, 11 came after disturbance calls, 10 after traffic stops or pursuits and eight from ambushes.

The numbers come after Hattiesburg, Mississippi, lost its first officers in the line of duty in decades. Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate were killed after making a traffic stop Saturday.

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Police officers killed on duty in 2014
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FBI stats reveal killings of police officers surged in 2014
A police officer waits for the funeral of New York City police officer Rafael Ramos in the Glendale section of Queens, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, in New York. Ramos and his partner, officer Wenjian Liu, were killed Dec. 20 as they sat in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street. The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, later killed himself. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
FILE - This combination made from photos provided by the New York Police Department shows officers Rafael Ramos, left, and Wenjian Liu. Authorities say Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who vowed online to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner, ambushed Ramos and Liu in a patrol car Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, and fatally shot them in broad daylight before running to a subway station and killing himself. The killing of the officers highlighted shortcomings in the warning systems that were used. (AP Photo/New York Police Department, File)
A sign that reads "WE ALL MOURN WITH YOU" rests against a wall at a makeshift memorial near the site where NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were murdered in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. Police say Ismaaiyl Brinsley ambushed the two officers in their patrol car in broad daylight Saturday, fatally shooting them before killing himself inside a subway station. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Chris Pope, with the Davis County Sheriff's Office, looks on as son Payton, 4, salutes as the hearse passes following the funeral for Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride at Utah Valley University Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Orem, Utah. Wride was killed on Jan. 30 on a rural highway about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City. Wride had stopped to check on a truck with its emergency lights on when he was shot twice while seated in his patrol car. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Phoenix Police Honor Guard march to position around the casket of Phoenix Police Detective John Hobbs prior to being laid to rest after his funeral on Monday, March 10, 2014, in Phoenix. Hobbs was shot and died of his wounds on March 3, in a shootout with a wanted suspect last week. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
A member of the Phoenix Police Honor Guard holds the American flag to his chest after it was taken off the casket of Phoenix Police Detective John Hobbs as Hobbs is laid to rest after his funeral on Monday, March 10, 2014, in Phoenix. Hobbs was shot and died of his wounds on March 3, in a shootout with a wanted suspect last week. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Beth Del Fiorentino, the wife of Mendocino County Deputy Sheriff Ricky Del Fiorentino, is hugged by Mendocino County Sheriff Thomas Allman during ceremonies honoring those law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty, in Sacramento, Calif., Monday May 4, 2015. Deputy Del Fiorentino was killed March 19, 2014 during a shoot out with an armed kidnapping suspect who was later killed by a law officer. The names of 13 officers who were killed in 2014 and five more who were killed in previous years were added to the memorial.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
A hearse with the body of Brentwood police Officer Stephen Arkell makes its way to a memorial service Wednesday May 21, 2014 in Exeter, N.H. Arkell was shot and killed last week when he responded to a domestic dispute call.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Pictures of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officers Alyn Beck, left, and Igor Soldo are shown at a news conference Sunday, June 8, 2014, in Las Vegas. The two officers were fatally shot in a point-blank ambush by a man and woman, who then fled to a nearby Wal-Mart where they killed a third person and then themselves in an apparent suicide pact, authorities said. (AP Photo/John Locher)
From left, Daxton Beck, Avenlee Beck and their mother Nicole Beck attend a memorial for Nicole Beck's husband Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer Alyn Beck at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Saturday, June 14, 2014 in Las Vegas. Daxton and Avenlee are Alyn Beck's children. Two suspects shot and killed Beck, 41, and fellow police officer Igor Soldo, 31, in an ambush at a Las Vegas restaurant Sunday, June 8, 2014, before fatally shooting a third person inside a nearby Wal-Mart, authorities said. (AP Photo/John Locher, Pool)
A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer cries during the funeral for Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer Igor Soldo at Canyon Ridge Christian Church Thursday, June 12, 2014 in Las Vegas. Two suspects shot and killed Soldo, 31, and fellow police officer Alyn Beck, 41, in an ambush at a Las Vegas restaurant Sunday, June 8, 2014, before fatally shooting a third person inside a nearby Wal-Mart, authorities said.(AP Photo/John Locher)
Lt. Don Weilhamer pauses at the casket of Indianapolis police Officer Perry Renn during a funeral service Friday, July 11, 2014, in Indianapolis. Renn died Saturday night after being shot three times by a man armed with an AK-47 assault rifle. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - JULY 18: Police carry the flag-draped coffin of slain Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago, 23, following a funeral mass on July 18, 2014 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Police from the New Jersey and New York area took part in a procession and for Santiago, who was shot and killed in the line of duty during an armed robbery. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
A Hudson County Sheriff's officer stands on the gunner perch of an armored vehicle while standing guard during a procession prior to funeral services for Jersey City Police Department officer Melvin Santiago, Friday, July 18, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. Santiago was shot in the head while still in his police vehicle as he and his partner responded to an armed robbery call at a pharmacy on July 13. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Shawnee County, Kan., Sheriff Herman Jones, left, answers questions from reporters about the shooting death of a Topeka police officer, as interim Police Chief Tony Kirk, right, watches, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Topeka, Kan. The officer, Cpl. Jason Harwood, 40 was shot during a car stop in east Topeka. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
A law enforcement officer arrives for a funeral service for Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Scranton, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who is charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Law enforcement officers salute as the honor guard arrives for a funeral service for Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Scranton, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who is charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones speaks at the memorial service for slain Sacramento County Deputy Danny Oliver, in Roseville, Calif. Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Oliver and Placer County Sheriff's Detective Michael Davis Jr. were shot and killed in a shooting spree that spanned two Northern California counties, Oct. 26. Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte, who was booked into the Sacramento County jail under the pseudonym Marcelo Marquez, faces murder charges in the killing of the two deputies, and the wounding of another deputy and a bystander.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
The flag draped casket of Sacramento County Deputy Danny Oliver, is wheeled out of the Adventure Church after a memorial service in Roseville, Calif. Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Oliver and Placer County Sheriff's Detective Michael Davis Jr. were shot and killed in a shooting spree that spanned two Northern California counties, Oct. 26. Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte, who was booked into the Sacramento County jail under the pseudonym Marcelo Marquez, faces murder charges in the killing of the two deputies, and the wounding of another deputy and a bystander.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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"The men and women who go out every day to protect us, the men and women who go out every day to make sure that we're safe, they were turned on tonight," the mayor of Hattiesburg, Mississippi said of that deadly incident.

The FBI's latest figures don't include Deen and Tate, as their deaths took place this year. Still, police deaths in the line of duty - especially amid tensions across the country - highlight the difficulties of the job.

The FBI also released data about the geographic regions in which the fatal incidents occurred, revealing 17 officers died in the South, 14 officers in the West, eight officers in the Midwest, eight in the Northeast, and four in Puerto Rico.

More coverage from Hattiesburg:

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Mississippi officers fatally shot; 2 suspects sought
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This combination of undated photos released the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation shows, Marvin Banks, left, and his brother Curtis Banks. The brothers are wanted in the fatal shooting of two Hattiesburg, Miss., police officers on Saturday, May 9, 2015. (Mississippi Bureau of Investigation via The Hattiesburg Police Department via AP)
Youlander Ross, right, mother of slain Hattiesburg Police Officer Liquori Tate, is embraced by an officer after a vigil service Monday, May 11, 2015, in Hattiesburg, Miss. Marvin Banks faces two counts of capital murder in the Saturday shootings of Officers Benjamin Deen and Tate following a traffic stop. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Hattiesburg Assistant Police Chief Frank Misenhelter reacts during a vigil service for Hattiesburg Police Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate, Monday, May 11, 2015, in Hattiesburg, Miss. Marvin Banks faces two counts of capital murder in the Saturday shootings of Deen and Tate following a traffic stop. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
An attendee reacts during a prayer at a vigil service for Hattiesburg Police Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate, Monday, May 11, 2015, in Hattiesburg, Miss. Marvin Banks faces two counts of capital murder in the Saturday shootings of Deen and Tate following a traffic stop. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
This undated photo released by the Hattiesburg Police Department, shows Officer Liquori Tate in Hattiesburg, Miss. Officer Tate and Officer Benjamin Deen were fatally shot during a traffic stop, Saturday evening, May 9, 2015, in the southern Mississippi city of Hattiesburg, prompting a statewide manhunt early Sunday for two suspects, authorities said. (Hattiesburg Police Department via AP)
This undated photo released by the Hattiesburg Police Department, shows Officer Benjamin Deen in Hattiesburg, Miss. Officer Deen and Officer Liquori Tate were fatally shot during a traffic stop, Saturday evening, May 9, 2015, in the southern Mississippi city of Hattiesburg, authorities said. A law enforcement official says three people have been arrested and two of them have been charged with capital murder in the fatal shootings of the two Mississippi police officers. (Hattiesburg Police Department via AP)
Hattiesburg, Miss., Police Sgt. Greg Holliman waits for the start of a vigil service for Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate Monday, May 11, 2015, in Hattiesburg. Marvin Banks faces two counts of capital murder in the Saturday shootings of Deen and Tate following a traffic stop. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Attendees applaud during a vigil service for Hattiesburg Police Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate, Monday, May 11, 2015, in Hattiesburg, Miss. Marvin Banks faces two counts of capital murder in the Saturday shootings of Deen and Tate following a traffic stop. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
HATTIESBURG, MS - MAY 11: Police officers and other mourners depart a memorial service honoring slain Hattiesburg, Mississippi police officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate on May 11, 2015 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The officers were killed in what started as a routine traffic stop and the four suspects are making their first court appearance today. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
HATTIESBURG, MS - MAY 11: An American flag hangs following a memorial service honoring slain Hattiesburg, Mississippi police officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate on May 11, 2015 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The officers were killed in what started as a routine traffic stop and the four suspects are making their first court appearance today. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Katie Walmon, the mother of Marvin Bank's six-year-old son, speaks to reporters outside the Forrest County Courthouse in Hattiesburg, Miss., Monday, May 11, 2015, about the child's father who, along with his brother Calvin Banks, and two other people are charged in the shooting deaths of two Hattiesburg police officers on Saturday night. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Mary Smith, the mother of brothers Marvin and Calvin Banks, who are both charged in the shooting deaths of two Hattiesburg police officers on Saturday night, speaks to reporters outside the Forrest County Courthouse in Hattiesburg, Miss., Monday, May 11, 2015. Older brother Marvin Banks, 29, is charged with two counts of capital murder and his younger brother Curtis Banks, 26, is charged with two counts of being an accessory to murder after the fact. Also involved are Joanie Calloway, 22, who is charged with two counts of capital murder and Cornelius Clark, 28, was arrested on a charge of obstruction of justice. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
HATTIESBURG, MS - MAY 11: Law enforcement and other mourners gather during a memorial service honoring slain Hattiesburg, Mississippi police officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate on May 11, 2015 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The officers were killed in what started as a routine traffic stop and the four suspects are making their first court appearance today. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
MURDER SUSPECTS IDENTIFIED: If you have any information on Curtis Banks or Marvin Banks call your local agency. http://t.co/Hfw99XJt2f
In this undated photo released by the Hattiesburg Police Department, Officer Benjamin Deen participates in K-9 training at the police academy in Hattiesburg, Miss. Officer Deen and Officer Liquori Tate were fatally shot during a traffic stop, Saturday evening, May 9, 2015, in the southern Mississippi city of Hattiesburg, prompting a statewide manhunt early Sunday for two suspects, authorities said. (Hattiesburg Police Department via AP)
Donna Nelson of Petal, Miss., pays her respects at a makeshift memorial, near the site where two Mississippi police officers were killed, Sunday, May 10, 2015, in Hattiesburg, Miss. The officers were shot to death during an evening traffic stop turned violent, a state law enforcement spokesman said Sunday. Three suspects were in custody, including two who are charged with capital murder. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Area residents Alberta Harris, center, and Waynetta Theodore, left, and Christiena Preston, console each other as they pay their respects at a makeshift memorial, near the site where two Mississippi police officers were killed, Sunday, May 10, 2015, in Hattiesburg, Miss. The officers were shot to death during an evening traffic stop turned violent, a state law enforcement spokesman said Sunday. Three suspects were in custody, including two who are charged with capital murder. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
A City of Hattiesburg employee, left, reacts Sunday morning, May 10, 2015, as a police officer surveys the site where two Hattiesburg, Miss., police officers were shot to death during a Saturday evening traffic stop. Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, tells The Associated Press that 29-year-old Marvin Banks and 22-year-old Joanie Calloway have each been charged with two counts of capital murder, and Banks' 26-year-old brother, Curtis Banks, has been charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Miller Rose Mozingo, the youngest daughter of Circuit Judge Tony Mozingo, adjusts a bouquet of Mother's Day roses that the family placed near the site where two Hattiesburg, Miss., police were fatally shot the night before, Sunday, May 10, 2015, in Hattiesburg. Three suspects were in custody, including two who are charged with capital murder. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
This undated photo released by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation shows 26-year-old suspect Curtis Banks. Banks and his brother Marvin, 29, are wanted in the fatal shooting of two Hattiesburg, Miss., police officers on Saturday, May 9, 2015. (Mississippi Bureau of Investigation via The Hattiesburg Police Department via AP)
This undated photo released by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, shows 29-year-old suspect Marvin Banks. Banks and his brother Curtis, 26, are wanted in the fatal shooting of two Hattiesburg, Miss., police officers on Saturday, May 9, 2015. (Mississippi Bureau of Investigation via The Hattiesburg Police Department via AP)
Photos from earlier at the scene at the Bouie Street intersection where 2 HPD officers where killed. #WDAM http://t.co/MdkeZ7sw79
Humbled by the unselfishness of #PoliceOfficers Deen and Tate #ThankYou #LEO #Hattiesburg http://t.co/yzCkx0DHlH
BREAKING: Two Hattiesburg police officers shot. http://t.co/z0SdDu3S1Q
It's with great sadness to say that one of our brothers with Hattiesburg PD was killed in the line of duty. Prayers for his family.
Mayor DuPree prepares to go live with @wdam @RyanMooreMS 4 latest on the HPD officers shot. Tune in @10 #Hattiesburg http://t.co/6IBGr2w5qb
JUST IN: Two police officers shot, killed in Mississippi. Authorities looking for shooter. http://t.co/PmoXNvX8Go http://t.co/NTQsJmyxAu
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