FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - A double homicide at a Christmas party in Flint over the weekend helped push the city over the top of its annual homicide record.
FBI crime statistics dating back to 1985 show Flint's highest annual total of homicides was 64 in 2012. The Flint Police Department released new crime statistics through Sunday showing a total of 67 homicides in 2021.
Four of the homicides reported this year were ruled justifiable, three cases were ruled negligent homicide involving motor vehicles and one was ruled an involuntary manslaughter. Fifty-nine cases was charged as murders.
The 2021 homicide total is three more than the record and a nearly 12% increase from the 60 homicides reported in 2020 with five more days to go until the end of the year.
Total crime in Flint is down 9% so far in 2021 compared to last year. The Flint Police Department has taken 3,802 crime reports so far compared to 4,178 in 2020.
- Criminal sexual conduct complaints are down 12.77% to 82 in 2021.
- Assault, burglary and robbery complaints are down 16.69% to 554 in 2021.
- Larceny complaints are down 9.25% to 1,157 in 2021.
The only other major crime category to increase so far in 2021 was motor vehicle thefts, which are up 7.89% compared to last year with 301.
ABC12 News is parsing the city's crime statistics and will provide a more detailed breakdown. Watch for more coverage on ABC12 News at Six.