Shooting Incident Reconstruction

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Academic Press, Jul 13, 2011 - Law - 440 pages

Shooting Incident Reconstruction, Second Edition, offers a thorough explanation of matters from simple to complex to help the reader understand the factors surrounding ballistics, trajectory, and shooting scenes.

Forensic scientists, law enforcement, and crime scene investigators are often tasked with reconstruction of events based on crime scene evidence, along with the subsequent analysis of that evidence. The use and misuse of firearms to perpetrate crimes from theft to murder necessitates numerous invitations to reconstruct shooting incidents. The discharge of firearms and the behavior of projectiles create many forms of physical evidence that, through proper testing and interpretation by a skilled forensic scientist, can establish what did and what did not occur.

Written by the world's most well-respected shooting scene and ballistics experts, the book addresses the terminology, science, and factors involved in reconstructing shooting incident events to solve forensic cases. It covers the full range of related topics including: the range from which a firearm was discharged; the sequence of shots in a multiple discharge shooting incident; the position of a firearm at the moment of discharge; and the position of a victim at the moment of impact. The probable flight path of a projectile and the manner in which a firearm was discharged are also discussed. Case studies illustrate real-world application of technical concepts, supported by over 200 full-color diagrams and photographs.

This book will be of value to practicing forensic scientists (firearm and toolmark examiners), ballistics experts, crime scene personnel, police departments, forensic consultants (generalists), attorneys and judges, medical examiners (coroners), and forensic pathologists.

  • Written by the most well-respected shooting scene and ballistics experts in the world
  • Contains over 200 full-color diagrams and photographs that support and illustrate key concepts
  • Case studies illustrate real-world application of technical concepts

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One of the better, if not the best textbooks on the topic. Based on the cumulative knowledge of the father-son team of Lucien and Mike Haag, this provides a real-world perspective on how firearms ... Read full review


Chapter 1 Case Approach Philosophy and Objectives
Chapter 2 Working Shooting Scenes
Chapter 3 The Reconstructive Aspects of Class Characteristics and a Limited Universe
Chapter 4 Is It a Bullet Hole?
Chapter 5 Some Useful Reagents and Their Application
Chapter 6 Distance and Orientation Derived from Gunshot Residue Patterns
Chapter 7 Projectile Penetration and Perforation
Chapter 8 Projectiles and Glass
Chapter 12 Trace Evidence Considerations Associated with Firearms
LongRange Shootings and Falling Bullets
Chapter 14 Cartridge Case Ejection and Ejection Patterns
Chapter 15 The Shooting of Motor Vehicles
Chapter 16 Shotgun Shootings and Evidence
Chapter 17 Sound Levels of Gunshots Supersonic Bullets and Other Impulse Sounds
Chapter 18 Ultimate Objectives Reports and Court Presentations

Chapter 9 Projectile Ricochet and Deflection
Chapter 10 The Principles of Trajectory Reconstruction
Chapter 11 Determining Bullet Track Trajectory in Gunshot Victims

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