Houston is averaging more than 1 homicide a day so far in 2021

HOUSTON – Last year was a bloody one for Houston, and that trend seems to be continuing into 2021.

Wednesday night there were two separate homicides in the city, then another one Thursday morning at the Discroll Place apartment complex in northwest Houston.

“Officers arrived and found a victim with gunshot wounds to the torso,” said Detective Chris Persaud, of the Houston Police Department.

He called the incident a neighborly dispute. No one has been arrested, but persons of interest have been detained, according to Persaud.

KPRC 2 Investigates reported there were 409 homicides in Houston in 2020. So far in 2021, Houston homicide detectives have investigated 50 cases in just the first 42 days of the year.

Homicide detectives have been busy in Harris County, as well.

Last year, there were 124 homicides. So far, there have 16 in 2021.

Houston police Chief Art Acevedo acknowledged the homicide rate during a news conference Monday. He said he plans to beef up patrols by having administrative officers patrol city streets one day out of their workweek moving forward.

About the Author: