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Prelimary FBI Report Shows 72 Officers Died in 2011

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The number of law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty last year rose to 72, according to preliminary statistics released Monday by the FBI.

The figure marks an increase from 2010, when 56 officers were reported killed.

In describing the deaths, the FBI said in a statement, "14 officers were victims of unprovoked attacks, 11 were killed during traffic pursuits or stops, six were killed during tactical situations, five were killed during entrapments/premeditated ambushes, and five were slain while investigating suspicious persons or circumstances."

The final report will be released sometime this fall.

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