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Sirens & Gavels

1 Washington police officer killed in 2014

Law enforcement fatalities rose in 2014, but only one Washington officer was killed in the line of duty this year, according to a report released Tuesday by the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Wapato Police Officer Derek Hansen died March 8 from blood clots that entered his lungs. According to reports by the Yakima Herald-Republic, the coroner linked his death to a shoulder injury Hansen sustained in 2011 while struggling with a suspect who resisted arrest. His death was ruled a homicide.

Nationally, 126 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty last year, versus just 102 in 2013. That was the lowest number of officer fatalities since 1944.




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Rachel Alexander
Rachel Alexander came to the Spokesman-Review in 2014 after working for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. She covers social services, health and science for the City Desk and writes a monthly data-focused column, Know Spokane.

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