44 Homicides Tying Record Set in 1997

44 Homicides Tying Record Set in 1997

It's a tie and not one that city and county officials are very proud of. The Allen County Coroner has official ruled that there have been 44 homicides in Fort Wayne and Allen County.
"It's been a very unique, very upsetting year." - Rusty York, Fort Wayne Police Chief
It's a tie and not one that city and county officials are very proud of.  The Allen County Coroner has official ruled that there have been 44 homicides in Fort Wayne and Allen County for 2013.  This record number of homicides was last set 16 years ago in 1997.

There are only 27 days left in the year but at the homicide rate the city is moving in, 2013 could likely set a new record.  Police Chief Rusty York describes this year as one he isn't proud of.

"It's been a very unique, very upsetting year." - Rusty York, Fort Wayne Police Chief

The most recent homicide occurred Tuesday afternoon on the 3800 block of Oliver Street.  The victim has been identified as 44 year old Daniel Arnett of Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne and Allen County hasn't seen this many homicides in 16 years.  The violence is not evenly distributed throughout the city.  This map provided in the video by the Fort Wayne Police Department shows the location of homicides within the city limits.  It shows a concentration on the city's Southeast side.

Despite the record number of homicides, there have been even more shootings.  You can see that again, much of the crime is associated with one side of town.

"A significant percentage of the homicides this year, there has either been an arrest made or we have a good idea who the suspect is, or the case is currently at the prosecutor's office."

York says police are still looking for answers for some crimes but know that many have were caused by repeat offenders who have either been killed or are behind bars.  This being the reason why many homicide victims over the years have mugshots of their own.  York says at least the crime is concentrated and not random events.

"Either involved in gang activity, drug activity, and certainly there's handguns involved."

York has a few more weeks as the city's Police Chief.  Come January, he will oversee the Police and Fire Department as Safety Director.
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