Aggravated Assault

National Incident Based Reporting System Definition of Aggravated Assault:


An unlawful attack by one person upon another wherein the offender uses a weapon or displays it in a threatening manner, or the victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness. 


Aggravated Assault includes assault with disease (as in cases when the offender is aware he/she is infected with a deadly disease and deliberately attempts to inflict the disease by biting, spitting, etc.), assaults or attempts to kill or murder, poisoning, assault with a dangerous or deadly weapon, maiming, mayhem, and assault with explosives. In addition, this offense usually includes offenses such as pointing and presenting a firearm, brandishing a firearm, etc.


This offense category includes firearm violence that does not result in a death. It is not necessary for injury to result from an Aggravated Assault when an offender uses a gun, knife, or other weapon which could cause serious personal injury.




As of January 2021, crime data at the State and / or National level does not place firearm violence into its own aggregated category. In an effort to provide a clearer understanding of firearm related incidents to our community and for academic / policy related research purposes, please see the Non-Fatal Shooting section located to the left. 

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