Crime scene

Crime scene tape is gathered while Chicago Police continue to investigate the scene where off-duty officer Clifton Lewis was shot and killed overnight at M & M Quick Foods in the 1200 block of North Austin Boulevard. (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune / December 30, 2011)

February ended Thursday with 14 homicides, down from 29 homicides in February 2012, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

Monthly homicide totals in the teens are extremely rare. The lowest monthly homicide total of the last 10 years was 16 homicides recorded in January 2005, according to reports posted on the Chicago Police Department's website.

Seventeen homicides were logged in February 2006.

Last month saw three periods of four days without a homicide. The last homicide Chicago logged in February was Sunday.

January saw 43 homicides, the deadliest January since 2002.

Homicides are down 17 percent year-to-date compared to the same period last year. February 2012 had an extra day because it was a leap year.

One of the deadliest days of 2012 was Feb. 19, when six men were shot to death.

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