As the homicide rate continues to drop nationally, the trend is similar in Gordon County.
In 2013 there was one homicide in Gordon County, down from three the year before, according to information from the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office.
The lone homicide of 2013 happened on January 16, in which Allen Ott was killed near Calhoun. Investigators determined it do be justifiable homicide (self defense).
“This has never been a violent community,” said Chief Deputy Robert Paris of the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office. “And the vast majority of the instances we have here are domestic related.”
According to information from the Sheriff’s Office, there have been a total of nine criminal and non-criminal homicides since 2009.
There was one homicide in 2009, two in 2010, two in 2011 and three in 2012. Seven of those were considered domestic related, according to the Sheriff’s Office information.
Eight homicides were determined to be acts of murder and/or manslaughter. Two deaths were the result of justifiable homicide (self defense), according to the report.
Eight arrests have been made in relation to those homicides and seven people have been prosecuted and another is awaiting trail.
The homicides have been spread throughout the county for the most part, according to the Sheriff’s Report.
There was one in Resaca, one in Hill City, three in Ranger, one in Union Grove, one in Farmville, one near Calhoun and another in Fairmount.
Five of the nine homicides have occurred in the early months of the year from January to March. Two occurred during the summer months and two in November and December.
The homicide rate nationwide has dropped by nearly four percent since 1995, according to information from the FBI.
Regionally, the homicide rate declined from 6.7 percent in 2001 (per 100,000 people) to 5.5 in 2012.
Georgia went from 7.5 in 2001 to 5.9 in 2012.
City of Calhoun information was unavailable
For more information on homicide and other crime statistics, visit the FBI's website.