A closer look at homicides in Tulsa

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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 1/01 10:17 am Published: 12/31/2013 4:28 pm

After only 46 homicides in 2012, 66 homicides have been reported in the city of Tulsa in 2013.

It's a statistic that has some worried.

Eight of those homicides happened in the first eight days of 2013. It was a statistic that got Tulsa national attention.

With the help of Sgt. Dave Walker, FOX23 took a closer look at this year's homicide cases.

"I would say right now, narcotics this year is playing a big role in the murders some way somehow," said Walker.

But statistics show only nine homicides were drug-related.

Walker says motive boundaries are often blurry.

For example, 13 homicides are listed as robberies, but that could be misleading, said Walker.

"It could be listed as a robbery, but what they're robbing is dope. Like the quad killing in Fairmont Terrace that was listed as a robbery, but what were they after?" he said.

That quadruple homicide happened in January and was the first of two quadruple homicides this year.

The second, which police say had a methamphetamine connection, happened in November.

FOX23 also looked at homicides based on location.

The map showed 11 murders happened within a 2-mile radius of 61st and Peoria. Just over 40 percent happened north of I-244.

"A murder can happen anywhere, in any part of the town at any time," said Walker.

Many Tulsans are asking, "Should I feel safe in Tulsa?"

"I do. And that's what I would base it off of. Unless you're out at 2 a.m. or in the heroin den, so to speak, you're relatively safe," said Walker.

Walker said his team will continue to work day and night to make sure Tulsans are safe.

He says they've solved 75 percent of the homicides so far this year and are always looking to improve.

"We're gonna go into 2014 with the motto 'we are gonna solve 100 percent of them.' Is that unrealistic? I don't think so; I think we can do it."

Walker said people should be alert in any city, even if it is safe. He says to always be aware of surroundings and to keep an eye out for anything unusual.

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Mayor Maynot - 12/31/2013 8:48 PM
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67 tonight counting Rollerson.

Mayor Maynot - 12/31/2013 7:18 PM
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To keep Tulsans safe. That sounds like an apt lie. 99.99% of the time the police are not there until after the event. So what other kind of lies do you have for Tulsans??
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