Clint Greenwood joins long line of Texas officers killed on the line of duty

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Updated 11:55 am, Tuesday, April 4, 2017

On Monday, a seasoned Harris County law enforcement officer was killed in an ambush while arriving to work.

Chief Deputy Constable Clint Greenwood’s death marks the second law enforcement officer to be killed in Texas on the line of duty in 2017. The first was Detective Jerry Ronald Walker of the Little Elm Police Department, north of Dallas.

Last year, eight Texas police officers were killed due to non-accidental gunfire, most of them in the attack that left five Dallas officers dead, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, a website that collects obituaries and data on slain police officers.

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Nationwide, the overall number of officer fatalities in 2016 increased by 10 percent compared to the previous year, a recent study by The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund found.

“Firearms-related incidents were the number one cause of death in 2016, with 64 officers shot and killed across the country,” explained the study’s news release. “This represents a significant spike—56 percent—over the 41 officers killed by gunfire in 2015. Of the 64 shooting deaths of officers this year, 21 were the result of ambush-style attacks—the highest total in more than two decades.” 

Despite the grim, high-profile shootings in recent years, the number of American officers killed due to crime has seen a declining trend since its peak in 1979, when a shocking 106 officers were killed in the line of duty, according to Criminal Justice Statistics examined by the BBC.

UPDATE: New details emerge in ambush killing of veteran lawman Clint Greenwood

In general, Texas is a more dangerous state to work as a lawman, as it leads the nation in the amount of officer fatalities. A recent Harvard study found that states with high rates of gun ownership had three times more line-of-duty homicide rates among police officers.

Click through above to see Texas police officers who have been killed in recent years.

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