Shooting Incident Reconstruction

Shooting Incident Reconstruction

1st Edition - December 20, 2005

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  • Author: Lucien Haag
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080480893

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Description

Shooting Incident Reconstruction is based on the authors' numerous years of conducting courses and seminars on the subject of shooting incident reconstruction. It seeks to thoroughly address matters from simple to complex in order to provide the reader with an explanation of the factors surrounding ballistics, trajectory, and shooting scenes. The ultimate objectives of this unique book are to assist investigators, crime scene analysts, pathologists, ballistics experts, and lawyers to understand the terminology, science, and factors involved in reconstructing shooting incident events to solve forensic cases. The book covers a 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; the position of a victim at the moment of impact; the probable flight path of a projectile; the manner by which a firearm was discharged, and much more. It contains over 100 diagrams and photographs, many in full-color, that support and illustrate key concepts.

Key Features

- Written by one of the most well-respected shooting scene and ballistics experts in the world
- Contains over 100 diagrams and photographs, many in full-color, that support and illustrate key concepts
- Case studies illustrate real-world application of technical concepts

Readership

The audience would include practicing forensic scientists (firearm and toolmark
examiners), ballistics experts, crime scene personnel, police departments, forensic consultants, attorneys and judges, Medical Examiners (coroners), and forensic pathologists.

Table of Contents

  • 1. INTRODUCTION
    2. THE RECONSTRUCTIVE ASPECTS of CLASS CHARACTERISTICS and a LIMITED UNIVERSE
    3. IS IT A BULLET HOLE?
    4. SOME USEFUL REAGENTS and THEIR APPLICATION
    5. GUNSHOT RESIDUES and PROXIMITY TESTS
    6. PROJECTILE PENETRATION and PERFORATION
    7. PROJECTILE RICOCHET
    8. THE PRINCIPLES of “TRAJECTORY” RECONSTRUCTION
    9. THE SHOOTING OF MOTOR VEHICLES
    10. TRAJECTORIES in HUMAN BODIES
    11. TRACE EVIDENCE CONSIDERATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH FIREARMS EVIDENCE: EVIDENTIARY and RECONSTRUCTIVE SPECTS
    12. CARTRIDGE CASE EJECTION and EJECTION PATTERNS
    13. TRUE BALLISTICS: LONG DISTANCE SHOOTINGS and FALLING BULLETS
    14. SHOTGUN SHOOTINGS and EVIDENCE
    15. ULTIMATE OBJECTIVES, REPORTS and COURT PRESENTATION
    APPENDIX

Product details

  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2005
  • Published: December 20, 2005
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080480893

About the Author

Lucien Haag

Lucien C. “Luke” Haag is a former Criminalist and Technical Director of the Phoenix Crime Laboratory, with over 53 years of experience in the field of criminalistics and forensic firearms examination. He is the author of the 1st edition of the book, Shooting Incident Reconstruction, 2005 and co-author of the 2nd edition 2011. Presently he is an independent forensic consultant with his own company, Forensic Science Services, Inc., that provides criminalistics services to prosecutors, public defenders, private attorneys, law enforcement agencies, insurance companies, educational institutions and private individuals. Luke Haag has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley with subsequent forensic training at California State University at Long Beach, Indiana University, Arizona State University, the FBI Laboratory, the FBI Forensic Training Facility, and course work in Forensic Microscopy from the McCrone Institute. In addition to Distinguished Membership status in the AFTE and the California Association of Criminalists, he is a member of the SWAFS, the AAFS, an Associate Member of ENFSI and past board member of the International Wound Ballistics Association. He has authored and presented over 200 scientific papers, most of which have dealt with various exterior and terminal ballistic properties, effects and behavior of projectiles. His primary area of special interest is the reconstruction of shooting scenes and incidents.

Affiliations and Expertise

Criminalist, Forensic Science Services, Inc., Carefree, AZ, USA

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