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Charlotte police seek to stem violence after 22nd homicide

Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney (WTVD photo)

CHARLOTTE (AP) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney says his officers are using several strategies to try to stem a spate of violence which has led to 22 homicides so far in 2017.

Putney spoke to reporters at police headquarters Wednesday, barely 24 hours after investigators reported the body of a 29-year-old man was found on the city's north side.

The chief said most of the homicides stem from people letting their emotions get the better of them or resolving minor issues with violence. Putney said officers are focusing on the city's hot spots, taking illegal guns off the streets and targeting repeat offenders. He also said an increasing number of conflicts is also to blame.

Ultimately, Putney said the goal is to prevent violence as an option to resolve conflicts.

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