Year: 1998 Source: Annals of Emergency Medicine, v.32, no.6, (December 1998), p.665-669 SIEC No: 19980991

Suicide by cop, in which a suicidal individual intentionally provokes law enforcement to kill him/herself, is investigated. Files of officer-related shootings between 1987-97 from the Los Angeles area were reviewed to see if they met criteria for suicide by cop. Characteristics of the suicidal individual & the events leading to their death are discussed. The study shows that suicide by cop is an actual form of suicide & makes up a larger proportion of officer-involved shootings than previously believed.