- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 23, 2016

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - Homicides in Pontiac have nearly doubled this year and are the highest since the Oakland County sheriff’s office began patrolling the city in 2011.

The Detroit News (https://detne.ws/2bseFRU ) says the 15 victims include people killed in drive-by shootings, a woman dumped in a field and a man shot at a soccer game. Pontiac had nine homicides last year and five in 2014.

Sheriff Mike Bouchard says he’s “sick of standing on someone’s front lawn” and comforting a victim’s family. Pontiac has a population of 59,000.

Douglas Jones, pastor of Welcome Missionary Baptist Church, says it’s critical that residents share information with police. He says a “code of silence” can bring neighborhoods down.

Capt. Gary Miller of the sheriff’s office says many homicides have been acts of retaliation.


Information from: The Detroit News, https://detnews.com/

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