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This morning brought the sad news that a Deputy US Marshall was murdered in the line of duty during a gun fight in Southeastern Georgia. Deputy Commander Patrick Carothers was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a suspect wanted for the attempted murder of police officers in South Carolina.
Carothers’ death marks the 10th intentional killing (you might say “murder”) of a law enforcement officer in the United States in the Month of November this year. Nine of the 10 have been shot, while the 10th, a young Salt Lake City area officer, was intentionally run over during a pursuit. This already makes the bloodiest month of Thanksgiving for American cops since 1988 (page 24 of this link), when 11 officers were slain, and it is barely half over.
Sadly, this is not, by all evidence, an anomaly. In October nine officers were murdered on duty, including eight shot and a veteran Detroit officer who was run over. That marked the bloodiest October for law enforcement since 1999, a number that has only been eclipsed twice in 30 years. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, there have been 57 officers shot to death this year, a 68% spike over 2015. Sixteen of those slayings were in mass, targeted killings of officers.