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3 facts about Oklahoma City homicides you should know

Reporter Jonathan Sutton wrote an interesting piece that takes a detailed look at Oklahoma City’s 2014 homicide rates, which shows that, though the overall number was down compared to 2013, officer-involved shootings shot up dramatically.

The number of OKCPD officer-involved fatal shootings in 2014 was almost triple the average of the last decade.   Tweet this

In case you haven’t had a chance to read the story yet, here are three quick facts to get you caught up:

No. 3 – By the numbers

Total: 62 homicides
Gender breakdown: 43 men, 15 women, four unborn children*
Race breakdown: 25 were white, 21 black, nine Hispanic and three American Indian
Age breakdown: Youngest was 14, oldest was 73 and average age was 33
Murder weapons: 42 died by gunshot, 17 by stabbing or blunt-force trauma, two by asphyxiation and one was a medically-induced abortion*
Compared to previous years: Average number of homicides for the past decade is nearly 62, but 2014’s numbers are a steep drop from the 99 homicides in 2013, and 75 in 2012

* The four homicides of unborn children included two that died after their mothers became homicide victims, one that died after the mother was raped and beaten, and one that died after a 16-year-old girl took medication to illegally induce an abortion.

No. 2 – The unsolved

Eleven of the homicides remain unsolved. In recent years, the city has solved its homicides at a higher rate -- 78 percent -- than the national average -- 62 to 64 percent.

No. 1 – Officer-involved shootings

Oklahoma City saw a total of 14 officer-involved shootings in 2014, nine of which were fatal. That’s the most fatal shootings in at least a decade, and a 300 percent increase, on average, since 2004. Seven of the fatal officer-involved shootings were deemed justified.

Richard Hall

Richard Hall is an award-winning newsroom developer, editor and blogger for NewsOK. He was born in Austin, Texas, spent his childhood in southern California and has lived in Norman since 1999. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2008. Read more ›