Maricopa County, Phoenix homicides data appear to conflict

PHOENIX (AP) - It's being called the deadliest square mile in Maricopa County.

At least 10 homicides occurred in an area north of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport near 28th Street and Interstate 10 from 2016 to 2018.

That's according to an analysis of homicide data by The Arizona Republic.

But the homicide data paints a conflicting portrait.

While the number of killings in the county and Phoenix have declined overall over the past three years, more people overall died from gunshot wounds.

The Republic reports that at least 775 people were killed in Arizona's most populous county from 2016 through 2018.

The manners of the 775 deaths varied from stabbings and strangulations to blunt-force trauma and poisoning.

But the majority of those killed - 79 percent - died of gunshot wounds.


Information from: The Arizona Republic,