TULSA, Okla. — Murder in Tulsa County is at a three-year high, according to statistics from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Overall, crime in Tulsa County is dropping: in 2020, the crime rate per 1,000 people was around 46. In 2018, that same number was over 48.
A man found dead in his friend's driveway on Monday morning is the fifth murder the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office has investigated in 2021, according to a spokesperson.
Data suggests the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office is on pace to surpass the number of murders they investigated in 2020.
As for the Tulsa Police Department, their murder rates are starting to trend down.
In 2020, the department investigated 72 murders, up from 55 in 2019 and 60 in 2018.
As for 2021, the Tulsa Police Department said they don't have an exact number because of the ransomware attack.
NewsChannel 8's tally has 38 murders for the year so far.
"What does that tell you?" asked NewsChannel 8 reporter Daniela Ibarra.
"What that tells us is, is that for one, we've been a little bit lucky," said Tulsa Police Officer Andre Baul. "Another one is that our officers are doing a better job of I guess, patrolling."
You can view the full crime report here.
NewsChannel 8 broke down some of the data even further: