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OKC's homicide count down compared to last year

Oklahoma City's homicide total so far this year is significantly lower than the city's homicide count this time last year. 

So far this year, the city has had 63 homicides. This time last year, the city's homicide count stood at 80. 

Oklahoma City ended 2015 with 89 homicides, which was higher than the two previous years. Oklahoma City had a total of 62 homicides in 2014, 76 in 2013, 99 in 2012 and 60 in both 2011 and 2010.

Earlier this year, Oklahoma City's homicide count was on pace with the city's 2015 homicide count. Both years, Oklahoma City ended the month of August with 54 homicides.

However, last year, Oklahoma City had a total of 20 homicides during the months of September and October.

This year, the city had a total of eight homicides during those two months.

There has been one homicide so far this month, the shooting death of Daniel Laguna early Sunday. Oklahoma City police officers shot and killed Laguna, 21, during an armed confrontation outside an apartment in south Oklahoma City. The officers were not injured, police reported. 

His death was the fifth officer-involved shooting this year. Four of those shootings have been fatal.

Last year, there were a total of nine officer-involved shootings, seven of which were fatal. In 2014, Oklahoma City had 14 officer-involved shootings, nine of which were fatal. Six people died from police gunfire in 2013.

Five of the 63 homicide victims this year were under the age of 2. The youngest victim was about 4 weeks old. The oldest was 82 years old. 

Thirty of the victims this year were black, 15 were Hispanic, 14 were white, two were Asian and one was Indian. The race of one of the victims is unknown.

A majority of the victims — 50 — were male. Thirteen of the victims were female.

Darla Slipke

Darla Slipke is an enterprise reporter for The Oklahoman. She is a native of Bristol, Conn., and a graduate of the University of Kansas. Slipke worked for newspapers in Kansas, Connecticut, North Carolina and Oklahoma, including a previous... Read more ›