FBI: 72 law enforcement officers were killed last year, two-thirds while wearing body armor

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WASHINGTON — The FBI says two out of three law enforcement officers who were slain in the line of duty last year were wearing body armor at the time they were killed.

According to preliminary figures, 72 law enforcement officers were killed in 2011, 16 more than were slain in 2010. Of the 72 killed, four of whom were right here in Arizona, 49 were wearing body armor.

Among the most frequent circumstances in police killings included ambushes, traffic pursuits and being attacked while attempting other arrests.

Fifty law enforcement officers were killed in accidents last year, down by 22 from the 72 officers who were accidentally killed in 2010.

The release of the FBI's report purposely coincides with National Police Week, which is May 13-19.

The Arizona law enforcement officers killed last year are Darrell Cervandez Curley
of the Navajo Nation Department of Public Safety, Bradley Ryan Jones of the Glendale Police Department, Aaron Daniel Peru of the San Carlos Apache Police Department, and Rolando Alberto Tirado of the Buckeye Police Department.