Chicago police see spike in cop killings, assaults

FILE - This undated file photo provided Nov. 30, 2010 by the Chicago Police Department shows evidence technician Michael Flisk. Flisk was killed Friday, Nov. 26, 2010, while processing a burglary scene at a garage on Chicago's Southeast Side. He is he fifth police officer killed this year in the line of duty - the most in at least 25 years. (AP Photo/Chicago Police Department, File)

CHICAGO — The police officer was in full uniform, gathering evidence from a car break-in when someone walked into the garage and shot him and the car’s owner in the head, then fired another bullet into their heads as they lay on the ground.

The brazen, daylight slaying last week of Officer Michael Flisk underscores what Chicago police have been saying for months: They are increasingly confronting people willing to attack them even as overall violent crime in Chicago continues to fall.

Five police officers have been killed in the line of duty this year — the most in at least 25 years. A sixth police officer was gunned down as he sat in his vehicle while off-duty just a few days before Flisk’s death.

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