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Number of justifiable homicides U.S. 2007-2019

In 2019, law enforcement officers committed 340 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 2019, California had the highest number of homicides, followed by Texas, Florida, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. However, St. Louis, Missouri was the U.S. city with the highest homicide rate. 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 2019

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Source

Release date

September 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

2007 to 2019

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 prior to 2015 can be found here.

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