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2nd Edition

Practical Analysis and Reconstruction of Shooting Incidents

ISBN 9780367778125
Published March 31, 2021 by CRC Press
506 Pages

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Book Description

Practical Analysis and Reconstruction of Shooting Incidents, Second Edition presents a holistic approach to shooting incident analysis and reconstruction, covering the entire spectrum of related sub-disciplines of forensic science. The book reviews basic firearm design and function, ammunition components, and terminology, explaining what constitutes pertinent evidence and appropriate results relative to autopsies, forensic laboratory analysis, and reenactments.

The second edition features numerous additions including:

  • Four new chapters

  • Complete and extensive updates to all 16 original chapters

  • Three case studies contributed by renowned professionals in the field

  • New and revised exercises at the ends of chapters, with answers provided

  • An expanded glossary of terminology

  • Nearly 340 figures and illustrations, with several in full color

  • New and updated references and suggested readings

  • Appendices containing relevant terminology, checklists, and other resources

The book details the mathematics of shooting reconstruction in clear, precise language that allows readers—both those with and without extensive science backgrounds—to apply a logical thought process to the evaluation of shooting scene evidence in order to establish the probable related events to the shooting incident.

This new edition provides up-to-date information for field investigators to recognize, preserve, document, and interpret the physical evidence typically found after shooting incidents. In addition to the hundreds of illustrations, the book uses both case studies and step-by-step outlines to clearly describe the required analytical processes involved in reconstructing and interpreting shooting incident scenes.

Table of Contents

Terminology: Its Use and Abuse—"The Devil Is in the Details." Shooting Reconstruction Myth Busters. Theory and Practice of Shooting Reconstruction. Mathematics of Shooting Reconstruction. Firearms and Ammunition Components. Shooting Reconstruction Equipment and Its Use. Smart Phone/Pad Apps for Shooting Reconstruction. Cartridge Case Ejection Pattern Testing for Semiautomatics. Shotgun Pattern Testing and Evidence Evaluation. Examination/Testing of Weapons and Ammunition Components. Gunshot Residue Testing. Bullet Hole and Wound Characteristics. Bullet Ricochet Phenomena. Bloodstains and Blood Spatter at Shooting Scenes. Officer-Involved Shootings. Case Analysis. Ballistics. Firearm/Ammunition Reference Collections, Databases, and Software. Report Writing, Demonstrative Evidence, and Courtroom Presentation. Maximizing Crime Laboratory Results. Glossary. Appendices.

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Edward E. Hueske began his career in forensic science with the Fort Worth Police Department Criminalistics Laboratory, progressing into forensic firearms identification and shooting incident reconstruction. Following his retirement from government crime laboratory service, he established Forensic Training & Consulting, LLC, which he continues to operate. He has also taught domestically and abroad, having provided training to a range of agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Turkish National Police, and the Guatemala Attorney General’s Office. He has published more than 40 papers in forensic science and is a distinguished member of several organizations in the field.