Perkins: gun-related murders and aggravated assaults rose 20% last year

Chief Chris Perkins

Chief Chris Perkins

Roanoke Police Chief Chris Perkins delivers his annual public safety update to City Council this morning, one that will show overall aggravated assaults down about 12% last year in the city — but the number of aggravated assaults and murders involving firearms rising 20%. Chief Perkins says the department is developing strategies to reduce the number of illegally-possessed guns, which he believes account for a significant portion of that increase. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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