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Milwaukee County sees 64% spike in homicides, breaks record in OD deaths

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Posted at 3:57 PM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 16:57:41-05

MILWAUKEE COUNTY — Milwaukee County has counted 195 confirmed homicides this year - a 64-percent spike compared to the same time the year before.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner, Dr. Brian Peterson, explained on social media Tuesday that the update is even more grim combined with the number of overdose deaths this year.

According to Peterson, Milwaukee County counted 440 OD deaths in 2020, a record, with a further 60 more deaths potentially due to overdoses, pending toxicology reports.

That is compared to the last record of 418 OD deaths in 2019.

Milwaukee County announced in October that the county had surpassed its record of homicides - 174. That record was set in 1993.

The City of Milwaukee has also broken the record of homicides so far this year. On Nov. 8, the police department confirmed to TMJ4 News that it counted 167 homicides, two more than the record set in 1991.

MPD recorded homicides in the following years:

  • 2015 - 147 homicides
  • 2016 - 142 homicides
  • 2017 - 119 homicides
  • 2018 - 99 homicides
  • 2019 - 97 homicides

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