Two Buchanan County police officers died in the line of duty in March and two others were seriously wounded. Nationwide, 26 cops have died so far in 2011  — a 44 percent increase over the same period in 2010 and the rise in deaths should concern us all.

Reports CBS News:

The police killings began Jan. 1 with the fatal shooting of a deputy in Ohio. And the violence has continued, reports CBS News justice correspondent Bob Orr.

So far this year, 26 officers have been gunned down – 44 percent more than the 18 shot and killed at this point in 2010.

Many of the fallen have been ambushed by violent career criminals with easy access to high-powered weapons.

“The officers are responding to what are called routine calls or a crime call and are being shot and killed before they even get to the location,” said John Timoney, the former Miami police chief.

When cops fall in the line of duty, no one is safe.


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