In the last 50 weeks, 38 officers have been shot to death in the line of duty

In 50 weeks, 38 officers have been shot and killed in the line of duty in 2019.

The manner of the deaths doesn't follow any pattern, said Robyn Small with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Some officers died responding to robberies or domestic disturbances. Others were ambushed.
    Overall, that's less than last year -- 47 officers were gunned down by the end of 2018, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
    "While we're pleased to see the number of officer line-of-duty deaths has decreased so far this year, even one officer death is too many," Small said.
    Here's a list of the officers who've been gunned down while on duty in the US in 2019.
    The parameters CNN followed in this count are:
    • The officer was fatally shot this year.
    • The officer was on duty at the time of the shooting.
    • The officer did not die by friendly fire.

    December 10

    Jersey City (New Jersey) Police Detective Joseph Seals

    Detective Joseph Seals
    Details are still emerging about a shooting in Jersey City, but authorities confirmed Detective Joseph Seals was killed in the gunfire. He was a 15-year veteran of the department and worked in the anti-violence unit, police said.

    December 7

    Houston Police Sgt. Christopher Brewster

     Chris Brewster
    Sergeant Chris Brewster, 32, was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call. He is survived by his wife, parents and sisters.

    December 6

    Huntsville (Alabama) Police Agent Billy Fred Clardy III

    Agent Billy Fred Clardy III, 48, was shot and killed responding to a drug investigation. A "known offender" was set to drop off a large amount of drugs to the undercover agent before opening fire upon Clardy's arrival, police said.

    November 23

    Lowndes County (Alabama) Sheriff John Williams