Huntington Has Public Meeting After Record Homicides

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia city that’s experiencing more killings than ever before has discussed a plan to address the violence.

News outlets report that the Huntington City Council held a public meeting Wednesday after the 18th homicide happened Tuesday. Huntington police Capt. Hank Dial says the department’s number of homicide investigations this year has surpassed all records.

Dial asked the council to approve money for more officers, saying the police department has 14 less than the number of available ones it’s capable of having.

He says two other strategies the department has are to form a group of officers to help violent crime detectives, and maintain partnerships with other local, state and federal agencies.

Dial says most of the 18 homicides are drug-related, and that arrests have been made in 13.