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Austin's new police chief is former assistant chief Joseph Chacon, Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk announced Wednesday morning.

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Interim Austin Police Department Chief Joseph Chacon addressed the murder count in a press conference on Monday.

Interim Austin Police Department Chief Joseph Chacon said Monday that several factors are driving Austin's record high number of homicides this year and that "we need to do everything we can as a community... to stop that number from growing."

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Austin saw its 60th homicide of 2021 on Sunday, a 60-year high for the growing city.

After two back-to-back homicides early Sunday morning, Austin reached a 60-year high of 60 homicides this year.

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Austin's homicide count jumped up to 55 for the year, with three homicides under investigation from this week alone, putting 2021 as the highest year for murder cases in almost 40 years.

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