(NBC News) One hundred twenty-six local, state and federal police officers lost their lives in 2014.
It’s a twenty-four percent jump over 2013, according to a new study by the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial in Washington.
Fifty officers were shot to death this year, a 56-percent increase over 2013.
NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were among fifteen officers killed in ambush assaults, the highest number in nearly two decades.
California led the nation with 14 officers killed, followed by Texas, New York, Florida, and Georgia.
This year’s increase comes after two years of dramatic declines.