Record number of homicides in Shelby County

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — Murder scenes are all too common in Memphis — and in unincorporated Shelby County, too.

WREG dug into what's being done about the record number of killings outside of Memphis.

Just this week, a man was found dead in his home in the Shelby Forest area, marking the unincorporated county's 13th homicide this year — an all time high and triple last year's figure.

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has some ideas about reversing this trend and also some ideas about why it's happening in the first place, seeming to suggest some of the crime in Memphis is spreading out to the rest of Shelby County.

"Understand that crime is going to be everywhere in our community, and we got to prepare for it," Luttrell.

In one day this summer, Shelby County recorded the same number of homicides it recorded in all of last year when the sheriff`s office said a mother stabbed four of her children to death In their southeast Shelby County apartment.

While that was an isolated case, Luttrell said it's a symptom of a growing problem.

"It`s testimony to the fact that we're seeing the criminal elements not only in the urban settings, but also in the suburban and the rural settings. It just means that crime is kind of moving out from what you typically think of as the center city."

A city spokesperson told WREG that claim is unsubstantiated but wouldn't comment further.

Meanwhile, Luttrell said the sheriff`s office is already working to beef up patrols.