Wichita Falls sees fewer homicides, fatal traffic deaths in 2017

WICHITA FALLS - Wichita Falls Police had fewer homicides and traffic fatalities to investigate in 2017 compared to 2016.

WFPD officials say there were five homicides in the city last year, compared to eight in 2016.      
The 2016 total was the highest in the city since 11 homicides were recorded in 2009.

The most recent homicide in the city remains unsolved.
On Oct. 14,  52-year-old Rusino Pacheco was shot in the 2300 Block of Yale Avenue. Police say Pacheco had turned onto Yale when a pickup pulled up behind him, they say Pacheco and one of the two persons in that pickup got out and were talking when a gunshot was fired from inside the truck and struck Pacheco. The two people then fled the scene in the pickup. Pacheco was taken by a private vehicle to the hospital where he died after surgery. Police at last report had very little information to work with.  

Wichita Falls Police also saw a drop in the total number of traffic deaths in 2017. Only eight fatalities were reported compared to 11 in 2016. Of those eight, two motorcycle victims and one pedestrian. The first fatalities of the year occurred Jan. 14 when a pickup slammed into an overpass support at I-44 near Spur 325 and killed the two occupants.


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