Houston Homicides on the Rise

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HOUSTON, TX – After a deadly weekend on the streets of Houston, the city’s police chief addressed a surge in homicide cases. Since the first of the year, there have been at least 65 homicides, a 38 percent increase over 2014. Chief Charles McClelland said that type of crime is one of the most difficult to prevent.

“There’s very little that a Houston police officer can do to intervene in an apartment complex, inside somebody’s living room or inside someone’s bedroom when two or three people get into a heated, passionate argument,” McClelland said.

The chief added that guns and drugs are largely to blame for the increase in homicides and that his officers will continue to do what they can to keep crime to a minimum.

Also of note, all other Part 1 crimes – including rape, aggravated assault, robbery and burglary – are down compared to this time last year.