Number of police officer deaths growing

Chief Michael Maloney is seen in this undated photo provided by the Greenland Police Department in New Hampshire.
72 police officers were killed in the line of duty last year; This year, 35 officers have died in less than four months.
AP Photo/Greenland Police Department

(CBS News) Most serious crimes are down across the country -- but the number of police officers killed in the line of duty is up. On Thursday night, there were two more tragedies.

Michael Maloney, the police chief in Greenland, N.H., was killed in a drug raid. He was eight days from retirement. And in Modesto, Calif., Deputy Robert Paris was shot and killed while serving an eviction notice.

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Last Sunday, four New York City police officers were wounded by a gunman. Two days before that, a police officer in Austin, Texas was shot and killed responding to a shoplifting. And in Melbourne, Florida last month, a sheriff's deputy was killed during a traffic stop.

In all of last year, 72 police officers were killed in the line of duty. So far this year, 35 officers have died and it's only April.

CBS News correspondent John Miller, a former assistant director of the FBI, spoke with CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley about this trend.

Watch the discussion about the growing deaths of police officers above

  • John Miller
    John Miller

    John Miller is a senior correspondent for CBS News, with extensive experience in intelligence, law enforcement and journalism, including stints in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the FBI.