Law enforcement officials concerned about number of police shootings

Law enforcement officials concerned about number of police shootings

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - Local law enforcement officials said Thursday they are troubled by the number of officers being shot and killed in the line of duty.

So far this year 14 officers have been shot dead in the United States.

One of the victims was an officer with the Greenville Police Department.

Speakers at a memorial service for two slain Moncks Corner officers noted that police are in a tough situation, trying to do their jobs in a changing world.

Corporal Marcus Stiles and Officer Lonnie Wells were ambushed while responding to a domestic violence call in March, 2007.

"Every time I turn around, another law enforcement officer is losing their life," Moncks Corner Police Chief Ric Ollic said.

According to the officer down memorial page, 26 officers have died in the line of duty this year.

Fourteen were shot.

In 2015, 127 officers were killed on the job.

Thirty nine were shot.

And in 2014, 136 officers died in the line of duty.

Forty-seven were shot.

"It's one thing to commit a crime. It's another thing to ambush officers and not even give them a chance to defend themselves," Moncks Corner Police Lieutenant Michael Roach said.

"I think we need a lot of prayer. Society as a whole has just become too violent," Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis said.

Lewis says the solution is trying to change the thinking about cops.

"What we're tying to do  is get out into the community, get into the schools and try to turn things around somehow."

Ollic says even though the job has gotten even more dangerous, he's not discouraging people from joining the law enforcement profession.

"I would caution them to take their training, apply their training and don't become complacent."

In South Carolina, six officers have died in the line of duty since 2014.

That includes Charleston County deputy Joe Matuskovic who was killed in 2014.

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