In recent years, three law enforcement deaths, all by vehicles

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SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Utah is now mourning the loss of Officer David Romrell, 31, of South Salt Lake Police.

Romrell’s death is the third high-profile law enforcement death since 2016 — all of them involving vehicles.

According to data from the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, shooting is the leading cause of death for officers nationwide over the last decade.

Being struck by a vehicle is fourth, according to their data.

In 2016, a teenager driving a stolen car struck and killed 25-yr-old officer Cody Brotherson with West Valley City Police.

It happened as Brotherson laid out a spike strip.

Later that same month, Trooper Eric Ellsworth with Utah Highway Patrol was struck by a car while he directed traffic in Garland.

And then, on Saturday, police in South Salt Lake responded to a burglary in progress.

That’s when police say two suspects in a vehicle used their car to charge at officers.

“Striking Officer David Romrell,” said Police Chief Jack Carruth with South Salt Lake Police.

“Officer David Romrell leaves behind a wife and a 4 month old newborn baby,” he added.

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