Inside the Issue


AUSTIN (KXAN) — KXAN’s Investigative team wanted to take a closer look at cases in which law enforcement officers were shot and killed while in the line of duty.

The research started with two questions:

  1. What do the killers have in common?
  2. And could the answer to that question help prevent more deaths?

KXAN dug into the backgrounds of the killers to and discovered 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.

This article is part of KXAN Investigates’ Fallen project.

Watch it here.

Fallen examines the role mental health played leading to officers’ murders and the necessary solutions that could prevent future deaths.

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