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San Antonio’s homicide rate in 2016 highest in two decades

January 3, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
San Antonio’s homicide rate in 2016 highest in two decades

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San Antonio’s homicide rate experienced was the highest number the city has seen in 20 years in 2016, according to law enforcement officials.

Authorities revealed that they had investigated 151 homicides in the past year, an increase of 94 compared to 2015, according to KSAT.

In the 1990s, San Antonio’s homicide rate saw two spikes. In 1995, the city recorded a total of 142 reported homicides, but earlier that decade, the city saw a record of 220.

William McManus, the city’s police chief, said that approximately 25% of the deaths occurred spontaneously. These are “really difficult” to explain Chief McManus said. The chief added that about 40% of these deaths were drug-related, or committed by relatives or other acquaintances.

No numbers were reported regarding the number of homicides that were solved in 2016. This information will reportedly be released at the end of January.

One of the murder victims was an officer with the San Antonio Police Department.

Officer Benjamin Marconi, 50, was a detective working overtime hours in a patrol car and pulled over a woman for a traffic violation. While he was sitting in his vehicle, Otis Tyrone McKane reportedly walked up to his vehicle and opened fire twice. Marconi was killed instantly.

McKane was apprehended after a 30-hour pursuit, during which he stopped and got married. As he was being escorted by authorities from court to a jail cell, McKane said that he shot the man because he “was upset.” He said he had been having issues related to a child custody battle.

Marconi was one of 140 officers that were in the line of duty in 2016. Gunfire killed a total of 64 officers, many of which occurred in “ambush-style” attacks similar the one that took Marconi’s life.

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