Murder Investigations Up In 2018
Members of the OPP received 42 murder investigations to lead in 2018, up from 35 the previous year and a level not seen since 51 cases in 2010. Six of the homicides last year were investigated on behalf of other jurisdictions.
In spite of efforts to reduce the inventory of available guns, a firearm was the primary cause of death in 18 OPP death investigations - higher than the previous two years combined and seven more than in the record year of 2010. The number of occasions where a firearm is the identified cause of death is consistent with the trends reported in other major jurisdictions in Ontario.