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Atlanta murder rate down 25 percent

Atlanta’s murder rate is down 25 percent since new police chief Erika Shields took over at the beginning of the year.
Atlanta’s murder rate is down 25 percent since new police chief Erika Shields took over at the beginning of the year.

Credit: WSB-TV WSB-TV

Credit: WSB-TV WSB-TV


A troubling trend appears all but certain to end as Atlanta's homicide rate remains far behind 2016.

Through October 21, the city has recorded 66 homicides -- 22 fewer murders than at this same point a year ago. 

Atlanta had seen an increase in murders for three consecutive years coming into 2017. The city recorded 111 murders in 2016— the first time since 2008 the city’s homicide rate topped the century mark.