2021 on track to be deadliest year for gun violence in 2 decades

ORLANDO, Fla. — 2021 is on track to be the deadliest year for gun violence in two decades.

President Joe Biden recently announced a new strategy to combat gun violence, targeting illegal gun dealers while making it clear that he does not support defunding the police.

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“This is not the time to turn our backs on law enforcement,” Biden said.

According to the non-profit Officer Down Memorial Page, this year 28 officers have been shot and killed.

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On Monday, a Colorado police officer was killed. The police chief there said that the officer was targeted because he was wearing a badge by a man who hated police.

One of the officers that died this year was Orlando Police Officer Kevin Valencia. Valencia was shot in the head responding to a domestic violence call years prior.

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And now a Daytona Beach police officer is fighting for his life after being shot on Wednesday evening.

Shannon Butler

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Shannon joined the Eyewitness News team in 2013.

Sarah Wilson

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Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.