A string of officer killings

The killing of a police officer northwest of Chicago is the latest in a string of recent law-enforcement deaths.

Q: How many officers have died?

A: Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was the eighth law-enforcement officer shot and killed in the U.S. in the last month and the fourth in 10 days, said the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Spokesman Steve Groeninger said four fatal shootings in recent days is a higher rate than usual.

Q: Is that an increase?

A: Shooting deaths of officers are actually down 13 percent compared with the same January-to-September period in 2014. There were 30 shootings last year and 26 this year.

Q: Where were the other recent killings?

A: Darren Goforth was killed Aug. 28 in suburban Houston. Henry Nelson, an officer in Sunset, La., was shot and killed Aug. 26 and Louisiana State trooper Steven J. Vincent died Aug. 14.

Q: Do the numbers indicate anything?

A: Groeninger cautioned that it was too soon to say if officer deaths are trending up. "The data doesn't say that yet," he said.

Associated Press