Columbus homicide numbers drop in 2018

The city of Columbus is experiencing a 30 percent reduction in the number of homicides, compared to this same time in 2017. (WSYX/WTTE)

After the city of Columbus experienced its most violent year on record in 2017, records show fewer homicides are happening this year.

So far in 2018, Columbus police said they have investigated 23 homicides, compared to 34 at this same point in 2017.

CPD statistics showed this past March included only three homicides.

Police planned on sharing Tuesday about possible reasons behind the reduction. Last year, homicide investigators handled 143 total homicide cases.

The previous homicide record of 139 was set in 1991 during a time that was known as the "crack epidemic."

Police Chief Kim Jacobs told the Associated Press the effects of the ongoing opioid crisis played a role in last year's spike in violence, along with illegal guns.

She said other factors included more shots being fired during a variety crimes, and more arguments being resolved with guns.

ABC 6/FOX 28 will share the police response to the drop in homicides as soon as the information becomes available.

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