Number of justifiable homicides U.S. 2007-2018

In 2018, law enforcement officers committed 410 justifiable homicides in the United States. A justifiable homicide is defined as the killing of a felon during the commission of a felony.

What is homicide?

Homicide occurs when one person kills another; however it is not exactly the same as murder. It may or may not be considered criminal. Legal examples include a person killer an intruder in their home or capital punishment. There are different types of homicide, which includes murder and manslaughter.

Homicide trends in the United States

In the United States in 2018, California had the highest number of homicides, followed by Texas, Florida, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. However, St. Louis, Missouri was the city that had the highest homicide rate in the country. Overall, the United States has had a much higher rate of homicide in the past years when compared to their neighbor, Canada. That same year, murders with one victim and one offender were the most common in the United States.

Number of justifiable homicides by law enforcement officers and private citizens in the United States from 2007 to 2018

Law enforcement officersPrivate citizens
2018410353
2017443369
2016439331
2015452331
2014450286
2013471315
2012426315
2011404270
2010397285
2009414266
2008378265
2007398257
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Source

Release date

September 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2007 to 2018

Supplementary notes

A justifiable homicide is defined as the killing of a felon, during the commission of a felony.
Data for law enforcement officers can be found here.
Data for previous years can be found here.

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