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Homicide incident database documentation

View report: Minnesota homicides, 1985 to 1997 , January 2002: Findings on statewide, regional and local trends, demographics of offenders and victims involved in homicide (22 p., 608K, PDF 3.0) | report summary

The Criminal Justice Statistics Center at Minnesota Planning obtained homicide data from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to complete analyses and publish a report outlining the results. A file containing Minnesota homicide data from 1985 to 1997 can be downloaded by linking from one of the options at the bottom of this document. Please review this documentation before downloading or put a bookmark at this page for future reference. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting program coordinates and directs the collection of information on each incidence of homicide — justifiable homicide, murder, negligent manslaughter and nonnegligent manslaughter — through Supplementary Homicide Report forms. Specific data recorded for each incident includes the number of victims and offenders involved, county and season of occurrence, law enforcement agency jurisdiction, victim and offender demographics, weapon used, victim-offender relationship and the event surrounding or leading up to the homicide known as the circumstance. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at the Department of Public Safety is the agency in Minnesota responsible for maintaining the SHR data submitted by law enforcement agencies from across the state.

Minnesota homicide data is available in either dBase (.dbf) or Lotus 1-2-3 (.wk1) file formats. All data is numeric and pertains only to murder and nonnegligent manslaughter. Justifiable homicides and negligent manslaughters — situations that are not willful or premeditated — are not included in the file.

Terms

Below are definitions specific to the homicide data files.

adult Any individual age 18 or older.

circumstance Describes the event surrounding or leading up to the commission of a homicide.

colder months October, November, December, January, February and March.

fall September, October and November.

firearm A device that is designed to or may be readily converted to expel any type of projectile. Types of firearms are handguns, rifles, shotguns, machine guns, homemade guns, and air, BB or pellet guns.

homicide The killing of another person. This category includes justifiable homicide, murder, negligent manslaughter and nonnegligent manslaughter.

immediate family member relationship Describes victims who were parents, children or siblings of the offender.

intimate relationship Describes victims who were spouses or intimate partners of the offender.

justifiable homicide Willful killing classified as excusable. The only justifiable homicide is the killing of a criminal by either a peace officer in the line of duty or a private citizen when the criminal is committing certain crimes.

juvenile Any individual under age 18.

knife or cutting instrument Knife, broken bottle, razor, ice pick, screwdriver or other cutting and stabbing instrument employed as a weapon or means of force.

murder The willful, premeditated killing of another person.

negligent manslaughter A death occurring as a result of nonwillful, gross negligence by some person other than the victim. This category does not include traffic fatalities.

nonnegligent manslaughter The willful but not premeditated killing of another person.

other family member relationship Describes victims who were related to their offenders as extended family members such as aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews or grandparents.

personal weapons Arms, feet, fists, hands, teeth and other body parts employed as weapons or means of force.

spring March, April and May.

summer June, July and August.

Twin Cities metropolitan area Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties.

victim-offender relationship Describes each victim’s relationship to the offenders involved in a single incident of homicide.

warmer months April, May, June, July, August and September.

weapon Describes both objects and methods used to commit homicide including unknown firearm types, handguns, rifles, shotguns, other guns, knives or cutting instruments, personal weapons, blunt objects, being pushed or thrown out of a window, explosives, fire, drugs, drowning, strangulation or hanging, asphyxiation and unknown weapon types.

winter December, January and February.

Caveats

Supplementary Homicide Report incident-level data is voluntarily submitted by law enforcement nationwide through the federal Uniform Crime Reporting program. Information collected through reporting forms does not include deaths caused by traffic fatalities, accidents or suicides. Attempts to kill are considered aggravated assaults. In addition, data in the file is distinct and cannot be linked to data contained in other types of databases or tracked from the incident through subsequent activity in the justice system.

A Minnesota homicide data file for 1985 to 1997 was acquired from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The Criminal Justice Statistics Center worked with the BCA to account for discrepancies in the data file; therefore, totals for various groups and subgroups may not match those published by the BCA in its annual report, Minnesota Crime Information. There also is a significant amount of unknown data across various categories. Missing information may serve to influence yearly changes in activity.

One incident of homicide may comprise multiple victims and multiple offenders. Detailed demographic data regarding each is recorded. Additional incident elements documented include victim-offender relationship, circumstance, weapon used and situation. Incident characteristics are determined through police investigation.

Age, sex, race and ethnicity data is recorded for all victims and offenders. If any of these attributes are unknown, they may be estimated by examining the victim-offender relationship. For example, an incident involving a woman murdered by her husband and son would record the victim-offender relationship as “wife” and “mother.” Race and ethnicity are treated as two different elements and are recorded for each victim and offender. A person of Hispanic descent may be of any race. Ethnicity data was not presented in this report, since a significant portion of this information was missing each year for both offenders and victims.

Racial and ethnic data should be examined carefully because of the varying circumstances under which it is documented. For example, birth records list the child’s race or ethnicity according to the mother regardless of the father’s race or ethnicity. These characteristics also may be recorded from observation or self-identification, or may reflect social custom rather than heredity. Moreover, research controlling for factors such as education level, family status, income, housing density and residential mobility has shown that race and ethnicity are not predictive of criminal behavior.

The victim-offender relationship should be recorded for each offender involved in an incident. After examination of the data file, it appears that this information is not always recorded correctly, most often in multiple victim and multiple offender situations. Law enforcement may simply repeat the same code for all victims involved — in most cases the first victim listed — or do not record all victim relationships. For example, an incident involving two victims and two offenders should have a total of four victim-offender relationships listed, but law enforcement only provide two.

Miscoding frequently occurs regarding the situation. In some cases, true single victim, unknown offender situations were listed as having a single offender. Law enforcement sometimes indicated that offender information was unknown, when only a portion of demographic information was missing. Other situations with only one offender were occasionally recorded as multiple offender incidents.

Caution must be exercised when analyzing the database file provided by the BCA. It should be reviewed record-by-record. In some cases, victims and offenders from the same incident were not paired together, especially single victim, multiple offender and multiple victim, single offender situations. Incidents are identified by a law enforcement ORI number, incident number and incident date. The complex method of identifying incidents precludes simply sorting the data file to link offenders and victims.

Forty-four circumstance categories including “unknown” are available for law enforcement to record on the SHR form. The circumstance describes the events surrounding or leading up to a homicide. Coding of this category may be inconsistent since many descriptions overlap. For example, one incident of homicide may have been argument-related, violated narcotic drug laws and involved gang members; each of these descriptions are available for law enforcement to cite as the homicide circumstance but only one is documented on the form. In addition, lack of complete information about the incident will narrow the circumstance classification. The FBI also does not provide any definitions for the circumstance codes available; therefore, misinterpretation of categories may play a part in further weakening the information. Data fluctuations from year-to-year may be more a reflection of differences in law enforcement documentation techniques than actual changes in activity.

The true extent of alcohol and drug involvement in homicide incidents cannot be 

measured with this data set. These substances may have been a factor in a larger number of murders; however, circumstance categories overlap and chemical use by offenders and victims is difficult to ascertain since this information is not documented on reporting forms. In addition, only one circumstance code links use of alcohol or drugs to the incident: “alcohol or drug induced brawl.” Revision of the form to include this information would increase understanding of the elements contributing to the occurrence of homicide. Additional information on offenders and victims such as mental stability, education-level and socio-economic status also is not included on reporting forms. The Traffic Accident Report form, which requires alcohol and drug related information to be documented, as well as others could be used as models for basing SHR modifications.

Study of other areas not examined by this project also could expand knowledge on the incidence of homicide. Social events occurring over the 13-year period as well as shifts in population, changes in legislation, differences in law enforcement practices, gang activity or drug dealing in certain areas and other factors may have influenced the rate of homicide in Minnesota, and across the nation. Concentration on activities within or around particular geographic locations may serve to pinpoint the prevalence of homicide in one area over another.

File Design and Coding

Field name: ID   Size: 4

Description: Unique identification number given to each incident of homicide occurring between 1985 and 1997. One incident of homicide may involve multiple victims and multiple offenders.

Value Value label
0 to 9

0 to 9

0 to 9

0 to 9

No label

No label

No label

No label

Field name: Year   Size: 4

Description: Indicates the year in which the incident of homicide occurred.

Value Value label   Value Value label
1985

1986 

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1985

1986 

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

  1992 

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1992 

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

Field name: Month   Size: 2

Description: Identifies the month of the homicide incident. 

Value Value label   Value Value label
1

2

3

4

5

6

7

January 

Feburary 

March 

April 

May

June 

July 

 

10 

11 

12

99 

August 

September

October

November

December 

Month unknown

Field name: Season   Size: 2

Description: Describes the season during which the murder was committed.

Value Value label

2

3

4

99

Winter

Spring 

Summer 

Fall 

Month unknown

Field name: County   Size: 2

Description: Refers to the specific county where the homicide took place.

Value Value label   Value Value label

10 

11 

12 

13 

14 

15 

16 

17 

18 

19 

20 

21 

22 

23 

24

25 

26 

27 

28 

29 

30 

31 

32 

33 

34 

35 

36 

37 

38 

39 

40 

41 

42 

43 

Noncounty agency 

Aitkin 

Anoka 

Becker 

Beltrami 

Benton 

Big Stone 

Blue Earth 

Brown 

Carlton 

Carver 

Cass 

Chippewa 

Chisago 

Clay 

Clearwater 

Cook 

Cottonwood 

Crow Wing 

Dakota 

Dodge 

Douglas 

Faribault 

Fillmore 

Freeborn 

Goodhue 

Grant 

Hennepin 

Houston 

Hubbard 

Isanti 

Itasca 

Jackson 

Kanabec 

Kandiyohi 

Kittson 

Koochiching 

Lac Qui Parle 

Lake 

Lake of the Woods 

Le Sueur 

Lincoln 

Lyon 

McLeod 

  44 

45 

46 

47 

48 

49 

50 

51 

52 

53 

54 

55 

56 

57 

58 

59 

60 

61 

62 

63 

64 

65 

66 

67 

68 

69 

70 

71 

72 

73 

74 

75 

76 

77 

78 

79 

80 

81 

82 

83 

84 

85 

86 

87 

Mahnomen 

Marshall 

Martin 

Meeker 

Mille Lacs 

Morrison 

Mower 

Murray 

Nicollet 

Nobles 

Norman 

Olmsted 

Ottertail 

Pennington 

Pine 

Pipestone 

Polk 

Pope 

Ramsey 

Red Lake 

Redwood 

Renville 

Rice 

Rock 

Roseau 

Saint Louis 

Scott 

Sherburne 

Sibley 

Stearns 

Steele 

Stevens 

Swift 

Todd 

Traverse 

Wabasha 

Wadena 

Waseca 

Washington 

Watonwan 

Wilkin 

Winona 

Wright 

Yellow Medicine

Field name: Metrocty   Size: 1

Description: Specifies whether the homicide occurred within one of the seven metropolitan area counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott or Washington.

Value Value label

1

2

County unknown 

Seven-county area

Other 80 counties

Field name: HR   Size: 1

Description: Classifies homicides committed in Hennepin and Ramsey counties.

Value Value label

1

2

County unknown 

Hennepin and Ramsey counties

Other 85 counties

Field name: Sit   Size: 1

Description: Pinpoints the type of murder situation by characterizing incidents as having single or multiple victims and offenders.

Value Value label
1

2

3

4

5

6

Single victim and single offender 

Single victim and unknown offender(s)

Single victim and multiple offenders

Multiple victims and single offender

Multiple victims and multiple offenders

Multiple victims and unknown offender(s)

Field name: Numvic   Size: 1

Description: Relays the exact number of victims involved in each homicide incident.

Value Value label
1

2

3

4

5

1 victim 

2 victims

3 victims

4 victims

5 victims

Field name: Numoff   Size: 1

Description: Identifies the exact number of offenders involved in each incident of murder.

Value Value label
1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

99

1 offender 

2 offenders

3 offenders

4 offenders

5 offenders

6 offenders

7 offenders

8 offenders

9 offenders

10 offenders

Number of offenders unknown

Field name: Vage1 - Vage5   Size: 3

Description: Indicates the victim’s age at the time of the killing. A single incident involved at least one murder victim; however, some cases had as many as five.

Value Value label
1

2

3

...

99

997

998

999

Age 1

Age 2

Age 3

Age 99 and older

Infants from birth to one-week-old 

Infants under age 1 but older than one week

Victim age unknown

Field name: Vsex1 - Vsex5   Size: 2

Description: Describes each murder victim’s sex. A single incident involved at least one murder victim, however; some cases had as many as five.

Value Value label
1

2

99

Male 

Female

Victim sex unknown

Field name: Vrace1 - Vrace5   Size: 2

Description: Refers to the race of the victim. A single incident involved at least one murder victim, however; some cases had as many as five.

Value Value label
1

2

3

4

99

African American

American Indian

Asian

White

Victim race unknown

Field name: Veth1 - Veth5   Size: 2

Description: Classifies the ethnicity of the homicide victim. A single incident involved at least one murder victim, however, some cases had as many as five.

Value Value label
1

2

99

Hispanic 

Non-Hispanic

Victim ethnicity unknown

Field name: Oage1 - Oage10   Size: 3

Description: Designates the age of each homicide offender. A single incident involved at least one offender; however, some cases had as many as 10.

Value Value label
1

2

3

...

99

999

Age 1

Age 2

Age 3

Age 99 and older

Offender age unknown

Field name: Osex1 - Osex10   Size: 2

Description: Relays information on the sex of each offender. A single incident involved at least one offender; however, some cases had as many as 10.

Value Value label
1

2

99

Male 

Female

Offender sex unknown

Field name: Orace1 - Orace10   Size: 2

Description: Distinguishes each offender’s race. A single incident involved at least one offender; however, some cases had as many as 10.

Value Value label
1

2

3

4

99

African American

American Indian

Asian

White

Offender race unknown

Field name: Oeth1 - Oeth10   Size: 2

Description: Identifies offender ethnicity. A single incident involved at least one offender, however, some cases had as many as ten.

Value Value label
1

2

99

Hispanic 

Non-Hispanic

Offender ethnicity unknown

Field name: Weapon1 - Weapon2   Size: 2

Description: Pertains to the type of weapon or method employed by the offender to commit the homicide. In some cases, more than one weapon was used in the incident. 

Value Value label   Value Value label
1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Firearm (type unknown)

Handgun

Rifle

Shotgun

Other gun

Knife or cutting instrument

Blunt object

Personal weapons

Poison

  10 

11 

12

13

14

15

16

17

Pushed or thrown out window

Explosives

Fire

Narcotics or drugs

Drowning

Strangulation or hanging

Asphyxiation

Weapon unspecified or unknown

Field name: Weaponre1 - Weaponre2   Size: 1

Description: Recoding and aggregating weapon types to streamline categories. Pertains to the type of weapon or method employed by the offender to commit the homicide. In some cases, more than one weapon was used in the murder incident.

Value Value label
1

2

3

4

5

6

Firearm

Knife or cutting instrument

Blunt object

Personal weapons

Other weapons

Weapon unspecified or unknown

Field name: Relate1 - Relate14   Size: 2

Description: Characterizes the victim-offender relationship. Each victim’s relationship to each offender involved in a single incident is recorded.

Value Value label   Value Value label
1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

Husband 

Wife 

Common-law husband 

Common-law wife 

Mother 

Father 

Son 

Daughter 

Brother

Sister 

In-law 

Stepfather 

Stepmother 

Stepson 

Stepdaughter 

Other family member

  17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

Neighbor

Acquaintance

Boyfriend

Girlfriend

Ex-husband

Ex-wife

Employee

Employer

Friend

Homosexual relationship

Other – known to victim

Stranger

Unknown relationship

Ex-girlfriend

Ex-boyfriend

Field name: Circum   Size: 2

Description: Details the event surrounding or leading up to the commission of a homicide.

Value Value label   Value Value label
1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

Rape 

Robbery 

Burglary 

Larceny 

Motor vehicle theft

Arson 

Prostitution and commercialized vice

Other sex offenses

Abortion 

Violations of narcotic drug laws 

Gambling offenses 

Other crime (type unspecified) 

Lover’s triangle

  14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

39

Child killed by a babysitter

Alcohol or drug induced brawl

Argument with a family member

Argument over money or property

Other arguments with a nonfamily member

Gangland killings

Juvenile gang killings

Institutional killings

Sniper attack

Other noncrime activities (type unspecified)

Suspected relationship to a crime

Unable to determine circumstance

Field name: Circumre   Size: 1

Description: Recoding and aggregation of circumstance types to streamline categories. Details the event surrounding or leading up to the commission of the homicide.

Value Value label
1

2

3

4

5

8

Sex offense related

Theft offense related

Other crime related

Noncrime related

Argument related

Unable to determine circumstance

Field name: LEA   Size: 4

Description: Specifies the law enforcement agency that reported the homicide incident.

Value  Value label  Value  Value label 
10 Aitkin County Sheriff`s Office 1560 Marshall County Sheriff`s Office
15 Aitkin Police Department 1570 Martin County Sheriff`s Office
20 Anoka County Sheriff`s Office 1580 Fairmont Police Department
30  Anoka Police Department 1590 Meeker County Sheriff`s Office
40  Blaine Police Department 1600 Litchfield Police Department
50  Circle Pines-Lexington-Centerville  1610 Mille Lacs Police Department
  Police departments    
60 Columbia Heights Police Department 1620 Princeton Police Department
70 Coon Rapids Police Department 1630 Morrison County Sheriff`s Office
80 Fridley Police Department 1640 Little Falls Police Department
90  Lino Lakes Police Department 1650 Mower County Sheriff`s Office
99  Spring Lake Police Department 1660 Austin Police Department
110 East Bethel Police Department 1670 Murray County Sheriff`s Office
120  Ham Lake Police Department 1680 Slayton Police Department
130  Andover Police Department 1690 Nicollet County Sheriff`s Office
140  Ramsey Police Department 1700 North Mankato Police Department
150 Hilltop Police Department 1710 St. Peter Police Department
160 St. Francis Police Department 1720 Nobles County Sheriff`s Office
170 Becker County Sheriff`s Office 1730 Worthington Police Department
180 Detroit Lakes Police Department 1740 Norman County Sheriff`s Office
190 Beltrami County Sheriff`s Office 1750 Olmsted County Sheriff`s Office
200 Bemidji Police Department 1760 Rochester Police Department
210  Benton County Sheriff`s Office 1770 Stewartville Police Department
220 Sauk Rapids Police Department 1780 Ottertail County Sheriff`s Office
230 Big Stone County Sheriff`s Office 1790 Fergus Falls Police Department
240 Ortonville Police Department 1800 Pennington County Sheriff`s Office
250 Blue Earth County Sheriff`s Office 1810 Thief River Falls Police Department
260 Mankato Police Department 1820 Pine County Sheriff`s Office
270 Brown County Sheriff`s Office 1830 Pipestone County Sheriff`s Office
280 New Ulm Police Department 1840 Pipestone Police Department
290 Sleepy Eye Police Department 1850 Polk County Sheriff`s Office
300 Springfield Police Department 1860 Crookston Police Department
310 Carlton County Sheriff`s Office 1870 East Grand Forks Police Department
320 Cloquet Police Department 1880 Pope County Sheriff`s Office
330 Moose Lake Police Department 1890 Glenwood Police Department
340 Scanlon Police Department 1900 Ramsey County Sheriff`s Office
350 Thomson Township Police Department 1910 Arden Hills Police Department
360 Carver County Sheriff`s Office 1920 Falcon Heights Police Department
370 Chanhassen Police Department 1930 Lauderdale Police Department
380 Chaska Police Department 1940 Maplewood Police Department
390 Waconia Police Department 1950 Mounds View Police Department
400 Cass County Sheriff`s Office 1960 New Brighton Police Department
410 Chippewa County Sheriff`s Office 1970 North St. Paul Police Department
420 Montevideo Police Department 1980 Roseville Police Department
430 Chisago County Sheriff`s Office 1990 St. Paul Police Department
440 Northbranch Police Department 2000 White Bear Lake Police Department
450 Clay County Sheriff`s Office 2010 Little Canada Police Department
460 Dilworth Police Department 2020 Shoreview Police Department
470 Moorhead Police Department 2030 Vadnais Heights Police Department
480 Clearwater County Sheriff`s Office 2040 North Oaks Police Department
490 Cook County Sheriff`s Office 2050 Red Lake County Sheriff`s Office
500 Grand Marais Police Department 2060 Redwood County Sheriff`s Office
510 Cottonwood County Sheriff`s Office 2070 Redwood Falls Police Department
520 Windom Police Department 2080 Renville County Sheriff`s Office
530 Crow Wing County Sheriff`s Office 2090 Olivia Police Department
540 Brainerd Police Department 2100 Rice County Sheriff`s Office
560 Crosby Police Department 2110 Faribault Police Department
570 Baxter Police Department 2120 Northfield Police Department
580 Burnsville Police Department 2130 Rock County Sheriff`s Office
590 Farmington Police Department 2140 Luverne Police Department
600 Hastings Police Department 2150 Roseau County Sheriff`s Office
610 Mendota Heights Police Department 2160 Roseau Police Department
620 Rosemount Police Department 2170 Warroad Police Department
630 South St. Paul Police Department 2180 St. Louis County Sheriff`s Office
640 West St. Paul Police Department 2190 Aurora Police Department
650 Eagan Police Department 2200 Babbitt Police Department
660 Inver Grove Heights Police Department 2210 Biwabik Police Department
670 Apple Valley Police Department 2220 Chisholm Police Department
680 Lakeville Police Department 2230 Duluth Police Department
690 Dodge County Sheriff`s Office 2240 Ely Police Department
700 Kasson Police Department 2250 Eveleth Police Department
704 Douglas County Sheriff`s Office 2260 Gilbert Police Department
707 Alexandria Police Department 2270 Hibbing Police Department
710 Faribault County Sheriff`s Office 2280 Hoyt Lakes Police Department
720 Blue Earth Police Department 2290 Mountain Iron Police Department
730 Wells Police Department 2300 Proctor Police Department
740 Fillmore County Sheriff`s Office 2310 Virginia Police Department
745 Spring Valley Police Department 2320 Hermantown Police Department
750 Freeborn County Sheriff`s Office 2330 University of Minnesota Police
      Department - Duluth
760 Albert Lea Police Department 2340 Scott County Sheriff`s Office
770 Goodhue County Sheriff`s Office 2350 Belle Plaine Police Department
780 Cannon Falls Police Department 2360 Jordan Police Department
790 Red Wing Police Department 2370 New Prague Police Department
800 Kenyon Police Department 2380 Shakopee Police Department
810 Zumbrota Police Department 2390 Savage Police Department
820 Grant County Sheriff`s Office 2400 Prior Lake Police Department
830 Hennepin County Sheriff`s Office 2410 Sherburne County Sheriff`s Office
840 Bloomington Police Department 2420 Big Lake Police Department
850 Brooklyn Center Police Department 2430 Elk River Police Department
860 Brooklyn Park Police Department 2440 Becker Police Department
870 Crystal Police Department 2450 Sibley County Sheriff`s Office
880 Deephaven-Woodland Police departments 2460 Stearns County Sheriff`s Office
890 Edina Police Department 2470 Cold Spring Police Department
900 South Lake Minnetonka Police Department 2480 Melrose Police Department
910 Golden Valley Police Department 2490 St. Cloud Police Department
920 Hopkins Police Department 2500 Sauk Centre Police Department
930 Minneapolis Police Department 2510 Waite Park Police Department
940 Minnetonka Police Department 2520 St. Joseph Police Department
950 Mound Police Department 2530 Sartell Police Department
960 New Hope Police Department 2540 Steele County Sheriff`s Office
970 Orono Police Department 2550 Owatonna Police Department
980 Osseo Police Department 2560 Blooming Prairie Police Department
990 Plymouth Police Department 2570 Stevens County Sheriff`s Office
1000 Richfield Police Department 2580 Morris Police Department
1010 Robbinsdale Police Department 2590 Swift County Sheriff`s Office
1020 St. Anthony Police Department 2600 Appleton Police Department
1030 St. Louis Park Police Department 2610 Benson Police Department
1040 Wayzata Police Department 2620 Todd County Sheriff`s Office
1050 University of Minnesota Police 2630 Long Prairie Police Department
  Department - Minneapolis    
1060  Metropolitan Airport Police Department 2640 Staples Police Department
1070 Eden Prairie Police Department 2650 Traverse County Sheriff`s Office
1080 Maple Grove Police Department 2660 Wabasha County Sheriff`s Office
1090 St. Bonifacious-Minnetrista Police departments 2670 Lake City Police Department
1100 Champlin Police Department 2680 Plainview Police Department
1110 Medina Police Department 2690 Wabasha Police Department
1120 Corcoran Police Department 2700 Wadena County Sheriff`s Office
1130 Dayton Police Department 2710 Wadena Police Department
1140 Minnetonka Beach Police Department 2720 Waseca County Sheriff`s Office
1150 West Hennepin Police Department 2730 Janesville Police Department
1160 Long Lake Police Department 2740 Waseca Police Department
1170 Suburban Hennepin Regional DPS 2750 Washington County Sheriff`s Office
1180  Spring Park Police Department 2760 Bayport Police Department
1190 Houston County Sheriff`s Office 2770 Forest Lake Police Department
1200 Caledonia Police Department 2775 Mahtomedi Police Department
1210 La Crescent Police Department 2780 Newport Police Department
1220 Hubbard County Sheriff`s Office 2790 St. Paul Park Police Department
1230 Park Rapids Police Department 2800 Stillwater Police Department
1240 Isanti County Sheriff`s Office 2810 Cottage Grove Police Department
1250 Cambridge Police Department 2820 Oakdale Police Department
1260 Itasca County Sheriff`s Office 2825 Lake Elmo Police Department
1270 Grand Rapids Police Department 2830 Woodbury Police Department
1280 Jackson County Sheriff`s Office 2835 Hugo Police Department
1290 Jackson Police Department 2840 Oak Park Heights Police Department
1300 Lakefield Police Department 2845 Afton Police Department
1305 Heron Lake Police Department 2850 Watonwan County Sheriff`s Office
1310 Kanabeck County Sheriff`s Office 2860 St. James Police Department
1320 Mora Police Department 2870 Wilkin County Sheriff`s Office
1330 Kandiyohi County Sheriff`s Office 2880 Breckenridge Police Department
1340 Willmar Police Department 2890 Winona County Sheriff`s Office
1350 Kittson County Sheriff`s Office 2900 Winona Police Department
1360 Hallock Police Department 2910 Goodview Police Department
1370 Koochiching County Sheriff`s Office 2920 Wright County Sheriff`s Office
1380 International Falls Police Department 2930 Buffalo Police Department
1390 Lac Qui Parle County Sheriff`s Office 2940 Monticello Police Department
1400 Dawson Police Department 2950 Annandale Police Department
1410 Madison Police Department 2960 Yellow Medicine County Sheriff`s Office
1420 Lake County Sheriff`s Office 2970 Granite Falls Police Department
1430 Silver Bay Police Department 2980 State Highway Patrol - Central Office
1440 Two Harbors Police Department 2985 State Highway Patrol - Eagan
1450  Lake of the Woods County Sheriff`s Office 2990 State Highway Patrol - Rochester
1460 Le Sueur County Sheriff`s Office 3000 State Highway Patrol - Marshall
1470 Le Sueur Police Department 3005 State Highway Patrol - Golden Valley
1480 Lincoln County Sheriff`s Office 3010 State Highway Patrol - St. Cloud
1490 Lyon County Sheriff`s Office 3020 State Highway Patrol - Brainerd
1500 Marshall Police Department 3030 State Highway Patrol - Detroit Lakes
1510 Tracy Police Department 3040 State Highway Patrol - Thief River Falls
1520 McLeod County Sheriff`s Office 3050 State Highway Patrol - Virginia
1530 Glencoe Police Department 3060 State Highway Patrol - Duluth
1540 Hutchinson Police Department 3070 State Highway Patrol - Mankato
1550 Mahnomen County Sheriff`s Office 3080 Capitol Security

Field name: Oage1 - Oage10   Size: 3

Description: Recoding and aggregation of victim single year age categories into five-year age groups to streamline data analysis. A single incident involved at least one murder victim, however, some cases had as many as five.

Value Value label   Value Value label
1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Under 5

5 to 9 

10 to 14 

15 to 19 

20 to 24 

25 to 29 

30 to 34 

35 to 39

  9

10 

11 

12

13

14

99

40 to 44

45 to 49

50 to 54

55 to 59

60 to 64

65 and older

Victim age unknown

Field name: Oage1 - Oage10   Size: 3

Description: Recoding and aggregation of offender single year age categories into five-year age groups to streamline data analysis. A single incident involved at least one offender, however, some cases had as many as ten.

Value Value label   Value Value label
1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Under 10 

10 to 14 

15 to 19 

20 to 24 

25 to 29 

30 to 34 

35 to 39

  8

9

10 

11 

12

13

99

40 to 44

45 to 49

50 to 54

55 to 59

60 to 64

65 and older

Offender age unknown

Field name: Rel1 - Rel10   Size: 1

Description: Recoding and aggregating relationship categories to streamline data analysis. Characterizes the victim-offender relationship. Each victim’s relationship to each offender involved in a single incident is recorded.

Value Value label
1

2

3

4

5

6

Intimate relationship

Immediate family member

Other family member

Friend or acquaintance

Stranger

Unknown relationship

Field name: Vaj1 - Vaj5   Size: 3

Description: Recoding and aggregating victim single-year age categories to identify whether victims were juveniles under age 18 or adults 18 and older. A single incident involved at least one murder victim; however, some cases had as many as five.

Value Value label
1

2

999

Juvenile

Adult

Victim age unknown

Field name: Oaj1 - Oaj10   Size: 3

Description: Recoding and aggregating offender single-year age categories to identify whether offenders were juveniles under 18 or adults 18 and older. A single incident involved at least one homicide offender; however, some cases had as many as 10.

Value Value label
1

2

999

Juvenile

Adult

Offender age unknown

Field name: Temp   Size: 2

Description: Characterizes the climate surrounding the occurrence of the homicide.

Value Value label
1

2

99

Colder

Warmer

Month unknown

Field name: Numoff2   Size: 2

Description: Generally describes whether incidents were committed by lone offenders or multiple offenders.

Value Value label
1

2

99

Single offender

Two or more offenders

Number of offenders unknown

Field name: Numvic2   Size: 1

Description: Provides basic information on the number of victims per incident.

Value Value label
1

2

Single victim

Two or more victims

Field name: LEA2   Size: 1

Description: Recoding and aggregating of the law enforcement agency field to streamline categories and pinpoint activity within the jurisdictions of the Minneapolis or St. Paul Police Departments. 

Value Value label
1

2

3

Minneapolis Police Department

St. Paul Police Department

All other police departments

Downloading Instructions

Files have been compressed into self-extracting executable dBase IV (.dbf) or Lotus 1-2-3 (.wk1) formats to decrease size. To download, click on the desired file name and designate a location for saving. Once complete, double click on the file name to automatically extract the compressed database file. If you encounter problems downloading the file, click the right mouse button and select the save option.

Homicide data: Download Minnesota statewide, county- and law enforcement-level data for 1985 to 1997 in dBase or Lotus 1-2-3 format.

Additional Information

For more information on Minnesota Supplementary Homicide Report data, contact: 

Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
Minnesota Department of Public Safety
1246 University Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104-4197
651-642-0610
http://www.dps.state.mn.us/bca/bca.html

Federal Bureau of Investigation
935 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20535-0001
202-324-3000
http://www.fbi.gov/
Federal Bureau of Investigation. Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, 1984.

Technical problems? Contact: demography.helpline@state.mn.us