Today's blog will begin a quarterly summary of crime trends occurring in our community from 1/1/19 – 3/31/19. The point of emphasis for today's focus is "shots fired."
During the first quarter of 2019, there were 24 reported "shots fired" calls for service, citywide. When we compare this with the first quarter of 2018 (48), there has been a 50% decrease in these incidents.
During the first quarter of 2019:
WHEN: From 4pm-12am (9), 12am-8am (8), and 8am-4pm (7)
WHERE: East District (5), South (5), West (4), Central (4), Midtown (3), and North (3).
Year-to-Date (of the 24 reported "shots fired" calls):
~9 resulted in property damage
~4 involved subjects struck by gunfire (which includes direct/indirect but does not include accidental discharges/self-inflicted)
~39 casings recovered
The information contained in my blog is derived from notes provided by MPD Officers-In-Charge (OIC) at the end of their shifts. Most narratives represent early and preliminary information that was gathered by an OIC from those in the field who were actively working cases. The OIC is sharing what they were being told, in the moment. In many instances, facts and circumstances, even the type of crime listed, can change as officers, detectives and investigators continue their work.
From 6:00 a.m. on 04/02/2019 through 6:00 a.m. on 04/03/2019, MPD received 445 calls for service. This number does not include parking complaints or 911 misdials. For purposes of clarification, the following abbreviations are short-hand for race designations: W=White, AA=African American, NA=Native American, H=Hispanic, ME=Middle Eastern, A=Asian, MR=Mixed Race, U=Unknown. MPD shifts are staggered as follows: 1st detail=7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2nd detail=12 p.m. to 8 p.m., 3rd detail=3 p.m. to 11 p.m., 4th detail=8 p.m. to 4 a.m., 5th detail=11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
To further break down the 445 calls for service for the past 24 hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (74), East (112), Midtown (57), North (64), South (43), West (62), and Other (33). Other=these are calls for service that either do not have a sector listed or the sector is not in the City. For example, if one of our officers assists another law enforcement agency, their sector is not listed in our districts so therefore it is listed under "other."
1) SOUTH: Domestic Disturbance – 6:48 am. A victim (39-year-old WF) reported that the previous evening she and her boyfriend/suspect (46-year-old AAM) were arguing in her vehicle parked on Moorland Rd when the suspect punched her numerous times in the head. The suspect dragged the victim from the vehicle and continued to punch her until she was able to flee. The next morning the argument continued and the suspect again battered the victim, at which point the victim contacted police. The victim was transported to the hospital where it was discovered she had a fractured vertebra. The suspect was charged with domestic substantial battery, battery, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property and was taken to jail. Investigation continuing.
2) WEST: Juvenile Complaint – 9:34 am. Officers responded to the 7900 block of Tree Ln where a social worker had intervened in a bullying incident between a suspect and victim (both 9-year-old AAFs). CPS was notified. Investigation continuing.
3) SOUTH: Check Person – 10:10 am. A subject (46-year-old AAM) was placed into protective custody under a Chapter 51 commitment and transported to Winnebago Mental Health Institute (WMHI).
4) WEST: Death Investigation – 10:26 am. A subject returned home from a walk to discover his wife (78-year-old WF) deceased in their residence. Nothing suspicious found on scene. Medical examiner responded.
5) CENTRAL: Disorderly Conduct – 11:00 am. Officers responded to a downtown residence where a suspect (20-year-old AAM) insisted on contacting his former girlfriend/victim (18-year-old WF) after she refused to let him inside and would not answer his repeated phone calls. The suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct and unlawful trespass and was given a stalking letter. Investigation continuing.
6) SOUTH: Information/Child Abuse – 1:07 pm. CPS asked MPD officers to help with an investigation into an injury a child (8-year-old AAM) received at an elementary school. Investigation continuing.
7) CENTRAL: Check Person – 9:52 pm. The parents of a subject (20-year-old WM) contacted police when they received suicidal text messages from their son. Officers responded to the subject's downtown residence and placed him into protective custody. The subject was transported to WMHI.
8) EAST: Battery – 10:02 pm. Officers responded to a business on Thierer Rd where two co-workers had engaged in an argument. The suspect (42-year-old AAM) punched the victim (39-year-old WF) in the face. The suspect was arrested for battery and a probation violation. Investigation continuing.
9) NORTH: Drug Incident Overdose – 12:27 am. Officers responded to the 2400 block of Independence Ln for an overdose. MPD administered naloxone and revived the suspect (61-year-old WM) who was cited for possession of heroin. Investigation continuing.
10) NORTH: Check Person – 2:24 am. A subject (22-year-old WM) sent concerning messages to a friend that indicated the subject may be suicidal. The subject is homeless and officers' efforts to locate him were unsuccessful. An ATL was aired to check the subject's welfare.