Number of homicides in Lubbock surpasses last year's total - FOX34 Lubbock

Number of homicides in Lubbock surpasses last year's total

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lubbock has had more homicides since January than it did all of last year.

So far in 2020, there have been 17 homicides in Lubbock, surpassing 2019's total of 16. 

Police Chief Floyd Mitchell said two of these were officer involved shootings, and one incident involved a homeowner shooting and killing a suspected burglar.

"You have those incidents that have to work their way through the criminal justice system that are part of that number of 17," Chief Mitchell said. "Also included in that, we had several that were disputes between individuals, and we had some domestic violence incidents."

Police have also seen a trend of younger people involved in these incidents, six of these victims were between ages 17 and 20, and another two victims were in their 20s, he said.

"When you look at most of those, they are either narcotics related or disputes between a couple of young folks," Mitchell said.

Police have made arrests in all but one of these cases, and Mitchell said last month was one of the Crime Suppression Unit's best months on record.

"What we're trying to do is identify those bad actors, put those folks in jail, but just the deployment of personnel...we're going to be moving folks to address some of the gatherings that are occurring now...just making sure we're visible out there and those folks know we're out there and we're trying to deter this," he said.

Mitchell also said there are common factors in most of these homicides, including narcotics and "beef" between younger people.

"The normal person that goes about their day aren't involved in these types of incidents, so I do think it's important to look at all of the surrounding factors regarding our homicides," he said.

Although these are a lot for the city this early on in the year, Mitchell said the department has done and is doing the best it can to mitigate these numbers.


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