Memphis Homicide Rate Increases in 2014

New Memphis Police Department data has revealed that 168 homicides occurred in 2014. This is 18 more than 2013’s amount of 150.

Only 24 of last year’s homicides were categorized as justifiable. Another 144 were concluded to have been committed with criminal intent.

According to MPD data, more than 80 percent of 2014’s homicides were committed with a firearm. Fifty-two reportedly stemmed from an argument that escalated into a physical altercation. And individuals who were acquainted with each other committed 86 of last year’s homicides.

The MPD’s Homicide Bureau was able to clear 77 percent of the homicides that occurred in 2014.

In 2013, Memphis had 150 homicides. Of this amount, 129 were concluded to be criminal and 21 justifiable.

According to the MPD, during the past six years, an average of 147 total homicides occurred in Memphis. In 2010, the city had an unusually low number of 112, the lowest rate since 1971.

By Louis Goggans

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