Nashville Among Top Cities To Solve Homicides

Posted at 5:06 PM, Jun 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-08 19:12:05-04

It's not easy to solve crimes, but the Metro Nashville Police Department is among the best in the country when it comes to solving homicides.

It's something no parent ever wants to hear: your child didn't make it.

That heartache becomes more raw when your child was a victim of violence, but according to statistics, Nashville's police department is among the top cities in the country for prosecuting suspects in connection to homicides.

In the last 11 years, the Metro Nashville Police Department has had a clearance rate of approximately 73 percent. That means Metro police were able to arrest people in connection with a homicide or have enough evidence to charge someone with a crime before they were killed on the streets.

Capt. Jason Reinbold, who's over the Criminal Investigations Division, said the department is on track to meeting an 80 percent clearance rate this year.

Though these arrests wont bring back families' loved ones, people like Natasha Fite are thankful for the hard work that the officers do.

Fite lost her 18-year-old son, Kenny Hatcher, in 2015 in a drive-by shooting, and it took Metro police just two days to solve his homicide.

"Oh I cried, I jumped, I screamed. I did everything because I was so excited. There are so many murders that go unsolved," said Fite.

Two arrests were made in Hatcher's homicide case.

Mohamed Almahmmod was convicted of murder and is serving a life sentence in prison. Almahmmod's girlfriend, Tristen Bowen, is awaiting trial.

Capt. Reinbold believes the clearance rate is based on the trust the department has with the community.

"I know other agencies and other cities that struggle, and it’s not coincidental that they’re struggling with their trust in their communities, as well. So I truly believe that’s a success story for Nashville, that we have that trust," he said.

Capt. Reinbold said the department is focusing on preventing the crimes, so they can have less grieving families in the Metro area.