Shooting Incident Reconstruction by Michael G. Haag

Shooting Incident Reconstruction

byMichael G. Haag, Lucien C. HaagEditorMichael G. Haag

Hardcover | June 29, 2011

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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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Title:Shooting Incident ReconstructionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:440 pages, 9.45 × 7.75 × 0.98 inPublished:June 29, 2011Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0123822416

ISBN - 13:9780123822413

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Table of Contents

1. Case Approach 2. Working Shooting Scenes 3. The Reconstructive Aspects of Class Characteristics and a Limited Universe 4. Is it a Bullet Hole? 5. Some Useful Reagents and Their Application 6. Distance And Orientation Derived from Gunshot Residue Pattterns 7. Projectile Penetration and Perforation 8. Projectiles and Glass 9. Projectile Ricochet and Deflection 10. The Principles of Trajectory Reconstruction 11. Gunshot Wounds and Trajectories in Human Bodies 12. Trace Evidence Considerations Associated with Firearms Evidence 13. True Ballistics: Long Distance Shootings and Falling Bullets 14. Cartridge Case Ejection and Ejection Patterns 15. The Shooting of Motor Vehicles 16. Shotgun Shootings and Evidence 17. The Sound Levels of Gunshots, Supersonic Bullets, and Other Impulse Sounds 18. Ultimate Objectives, Reports and Court Presentation

Editorial Reviews

"Well illustrated with diagrams and photographs, the book will give police oversight practitioners a better understanding of what crime scene investigators and criminalists can (and perhaps should) do in an officer involved shooting investigation."--National Association for civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) Review Praise for the first edition: Shooting Incident Reconstruction is an informative and comprehensive guide to the analysis of firearms at crime scenes ranging from accidental injuries to carefully planned murders... - Law Enforcement Technology In creating this book, author Lucien C. Haag drew from years of experience in the field. - American Rifleman .Gun enthusiasts will find much of this book of interest... - American Rifleman