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29 homicides in Seattle in 2013, 6 were officer-involved shootings

Seattle OISSEATTLE – There have been 29 homicides in the city of Seattle this year.  That up slightly from last year when there 27 homicides, the Seattle Times reported.  Of the 29 homicides in 2013, 6 have involved Seattle police officer, which is a significant increase from 2012, when there was only 1 officer-involved homicide.

Interim Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel says that the increase in officer-involved shootings is related to the number of people suffering from mental illness, not getting treatment, the paper reported.  “It’s somewhat reflective of other officer-involved shootings throughout the nation.  Federal funding and state funding to assist families of the mentally ill and the mentally ill themselves is falling farther behind,” Pugel told the Times.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office classifies deaths at the hands of police as homicides.

Over the past decade, Seattle’s lowest yearly total of homicides was 19 in 2010; the highest was 32 in 2003.

The city’s highest recorded yearly homicide total was 69 in 1994.

1 Comment

  • Melvin

    SPD has to defend themselves and has to apprehend extremely dangerous people for our safety or the public would be at risk and many innocent people would die. Seattle can look to their own drugs and drug laws for the insane actions of the ones shot by police for resisting and fighting the police when ordered to “stop”.
    This news article is just trying to work-up the population against our best line of safety for the average person. The author should be ashamed of himself and we should boycott his writings and his employer.

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