There were 80 fatal officer-involved shootings last month
There were at least 80 fatal officer-involved shootings across the U.S. in January, representing a slight increase from the same month last year.
According to data gathered by the Washington Post, at least two of the civilians killed were unarmed at the time of the shooting. One of these incidents occurred in Perry County, Pa., where 12-year-old Ciara Meyer was shot and killed on Jan. 11. by a state constable.
The constable was delivering an eviction notice to the victim’s father at their apartment. When the father, Donald Meyer, brandished a loaded rifle, the constable fired a single shot. The bullet traveled through the father’s arm and fatally struck the 12-year-old girl. (Donald Meyer has since been charged with homicide and involuntary manslaughter by district prosecutors.)
Less than a week later, a 25 year-old woman was gunned down by police in El Cajon, California.
Kelsey Rose Hauser was in the passenger seat of a stolen vehicle. After a high-speed chase with police, the driver allegedly drove the stolen vehicle towards an officer, who fired four rounds. Hauser and a dog, which was also in the vehicle, were killed, according to NBC San Diego.
At least five of last month’s fatal shootings involved a vehicle as a weapon. At least four victims were wielding “toy weapons,” the Post data notes. In these cases, the victim’s brandished pellet guns in their encounters with the police. Victims were carrying deadly weapons in 56 of the 80 total shootings — mostly knives and firearms.
About 38 people killed by the police in January were White, 16 Black, 7 Latino, one Asian. The remainder were unidentified.
Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was killed in one of the higher-profile cases from last month. Finicum, 55, was a member of the militia infamously occupying Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. His deadly encounter with FBI agents, which was caught on tape, is the subject of an ongoing federal investigation, OreganLive reports.
Last year, U.S. police forces were involved in at least 965 fatal shooting across the country. There were 76 such incidents in January, 2015. The peak month for nationwide police-involved shootings was July, which brought at least 104 fatalities.