Since 2000, 79 Texas peace officers have been shot and killed in the line of duty. In a third of the cases, the killers showed signs of mental illness before their crimes.
In the summer of 2016, a gunman killed five police officers during a rally in downtown Dallas, Texas. Following that tragedy and similar attacks across the nation, our investigative team took a closer look at what led up to those crimes, digging heavily into the backgrounds of the killers to discover a recurring trait among many: mental illness.
The resulting Fallen project examines some of the most compelling cases in recent history, a system with lethal shortcomings and the necessary solutions that could prevent future deaths.
79 Texas Peace Officers
Shot & killed in the line of duty
March 24, 2000 – April 3, 2017
Topics to Explore
Living with a mental illness can be challenging; but several Texas groups are working to pair people with treatment and to crush the stigma associated with mental illness. National Alliance on Mental Illness Texas provides resources for individuals and families.
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