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Albany leaders urge residents to put guns down

City and county leaders gather for the press conference (Source: WALB) City and county leaders gather for the press conference (Source: WALB)
Jackie Battle, DCP Chief (Source: WALB) Jackie Battle, DCP Chief (Source: WALB)
Scene outside of June Bugs on Friday evening (Source: WALB) Scene outside of June Bugs on Friday evening (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dougherty County Police and Albany Police stood together Monday, to urge everyone to stop homicides-- now. 

County and city leaders joined Dougherty County Police Chief Jackie Battle and Albany Police Chief Michael Persley, at June Bug's where a man was shot to death Friday,  to discuss how they are working to tackle the homicide issue.

Just last Friday, two separate homicides occurred within hours and blocks of one another.

Now these civic leaders say they want to get to the root of the problem.

They agree that a strong family structure, education, and employment help keep people from committing violent crimes. 

"I think that we as a community and as a nation, we have to learn how to respond to situations and conflict without violence," said Battle. 

There have been five homicides in Albany city limits this year; all five have been solved. 

In 2017 there were 21 homicides across the county. 

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