In a previous essay, I mentioned that we do not know what proportion of unsolved homicides are justified homicides. The reason is that most homicides are violent criminals killing other violent criminals, and that because a person is a criminal, they are reluctant to report a self defense shooting to police. From the previous essay:
In the United States, about 37.5% of the homicides are unsolved. In Chicago in 2013, the number was 75% unsolved. Most homicides involve criminals killing other criminals. How many of those would be justifiable if solved is unknowable; but clearly some are. It is not hard to believe that someone with a criminal record would just walk away from a justifiable killing, if he feared prosecution for gun possession, or simply did not trust the police. Those are unknown percentages, but if the number is close to the percentages in solved homicides, then Klecks estimate of justifiable homicides increases by 60%. Instead of 3-7 times the FBI numbers, we get 5 – 11 times the the FBI reported figures, for 2012 clearance rates.There were 310 justifiable homicides recorded by the FBI UCR in 2012. So the actual number of justified homicides is likely between 1,500 and 3,000. As many as 40% of those are unsolved homicides.
What do you think about these numbers, TS?