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12/26/07 - Washington

Law officer deaths rise on increase in traffic crashes and shootings

Texas is leading the nation with 22 law enforcement deaths this year. The preliminary data today comes from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and Concerns of Police Survivors.

The report counted the deaths of 186 officers as of December 26th -- up from 145 last year.

Eighty-one law enforcement officers died in traffic incidents, which surpassed the groups records of 78 in 2000. Shooting deaths increased from 52 -- to 69. Texas had 22 law enforcement deaths, followed by Florida with 16, New York with 12 and California with eleventh.

The report included a September domestic disturbance call in Odessa in which three policemen were fatally shot.

The suspected gunman faces three counts of capital murder and other charges over the deaths of Corporals Arlie Jones, John "Scott" Gardner and Abel Marquez.

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