One of Georgia's largest counties saw a spike a homicides in 2012 after four consecutive years of decline.
Records from the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner's Office say the county just northeast of Atlanta last year saw a total of 41 homicides, including officer-involved shootings and other "justified killings" such as those in self-defense.
The Gwinnett Daily Post reports (http://bit.ly/WnMv82) that 2012's homicide number is a significant increase from the 2011 total of 28.
Chief Forensic Investigator Ted Bailey says the 2012 total ties the mark for the second-most homicides in any year in Gwinnett County's history.
Information from: Gwinnett Daily Post, http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com
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