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Wray Op-Ed Focuses on Law Enforcement Officers Killed in Line of Duty in 2021

FBI Director Christopher Wray

By Steve Neavling

One law enforcement officer was killed every five days on average last year, the highest number since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, FBI Director Christopher Wray wrote that the death toll “hasn’t received the attention it deserves.” A total of 73 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2021.

Among those who died in the line of duty were FBI Special Agents Laura Schwartzenberger and Daniel Alfin, who were killed while serving a search warrant at a home in Florida early last year.

FBI Task Force Officer Greg Ferency of the Terre Haute, Ind., Police Department also was killed in an ambush outside an FBI office in July.

Wray wrote:

“When I started as FBI director, I made it my practice to call the chief or sheriff of every officer intentionally killed in the line of duty. I have now made more than 200 such calls. Each conversation reminds me that behind the uniform, the badge, and, yes, sometimes the flashing lights in your rearview mirror, there are real people. With each call, I think about the families and friends who lost someone they loved, the children who will grow up without a parent, and the communities deprived of a public servant.  

“We owe it to them to redouble our efforts to take the most violent offenders off the streets and to make sure officers have the resources, equipment and training they need to do their jobs safely. Even more, we need to ensure the brave men and women know that the communities they serve have their backs. 

“Every day, officers willingly put themselves at risk not knowing what dangerous situation or traumatic event they might encounter. I won’t pretend every person who carries a badge is beyond reproach, but the overwhelming majority do the job with the professionalism and commitment to equal justice citizens rightly expect. ” 

To read the entire op-ed, click here.

Border Patrol Mourns Line-of-Duty Death of Supervisory Agent

By Steve Neavling

A supervisory Border Patrol agent has died in the line of duty.

On Thursday, Border Patrol leaders announced the Nov. 5 death of Anibal “Tony” A. Perez. 

“With a heavy heart, I regret to inform you of the line-of-duty dead of Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Animal “Tony” A. Perez of the Tucson Sector,” Tucson Sector Chief Patrol Agent John R. Modlin tweeted. “We will forever honor his service.”

Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz first announced Perez’s death. 

The entire USBP family mourns the loss of Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Anibal “Tony” A. Perez who sadly passed away in the line of duty. Please keep his family, friends, and colleagues in your thoughts.

No more details about his death were disclosed. 

Border Patrol Agent Vega Jr.’s Murder Reclassified as Line of Duty Death

Javier Vega Jr.

Javier Vega Jr.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr., who was killed while fishing with family in Santa Monica in August 2014, died in the line of duty, a Border Patrol committee has determined.

“It means so much that Harvey finally gets the respect and recognition he deserves,” said Marie Vega, Javier’s mother, calling her son by his family nickname, the San Antonio Express-News reports. “He paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting us.”

Vega was killed while trying to protect his family during an armed robbery attempt that placed his family in danger. His father, Javier Vega Sr., was shot in the back but survived.

Vega Jr. was killed by the robbers.

Two illegal immigrants from Mexico are facing capital capital murder charges in connection with the case. They are Ismael Hernandez-Vallejo, 43, and Gustavo Tijerina-Sandoval, 32, who were arrested hours after the shooting.

Other Stories of Interest

More Than 50 Police Officers Murdered in Line of Duty in 2014

gunBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More than 50 police officers were murdered in the line of duty in 2014, according to new FBI statistics.

Of the 96 officers killed, 51 were killed as a result of felonious acts, the Washington Post reports. 

The average number of officers killed per year in the past decade is 50.5.

Of the 51 officers, 46 were killed by guns; four were killed by cars.

The suspects were killed in 19 of the cases.

Fewer Law Enforcement Officers Killed in Line of Duty in 2012, FBI Reports

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Law enforcement is a dangerous job, but fewer police officers were killed in the line of duty last year, according to newly released FBI statistics.

The bureau reported 95 cop-related deaths in 2012, compared to 125 a year earlier, Phoenix New Times reports.

The officers included in the reports are “duly sworn city, university and college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement officers.”

Read the full report here.