Detectives and forensic investigators are frequently summoned to scenes of violence involving firearms. These incidents, including homicides and officer-involved shootings, should be investigated to their logical conclusion. That requires an understanding of the firearms related evidence at the scene, and how to properly document it.
This two and one-half-day, Shooting Incident Documentation course teaches the student how to properly interpret physical evidence, and to document the scene through note taking, diagramming, and photography. Use of rods, lasers, and protractors will be covered, as will the use of mathematics in determining bullet flight paths.
This Shooting Incident Documentation course is designed as an introduction to the 40-hour Shooting Incident Reconstruction course, or as a standalone course for those students more concerned with documenting scenes as opposed to reconstructing them.
Day 2 Review Defect Characteristics & Day 1 Exercises – Exercise 3: Defect Characteristics & Target Surface Chemical Testing of Defects – Exercise 4: Chemical Testing The Laboratory’s Role in Shooting Reconstruction Flight Path Rods – Exercise 5: Flight Path Rods / Use of Lasers Vehicles – Exercise 6: Vehicles
Day 3 Mathematics in Shooting Reconstruction – Exercise 7: Mathematics Class Wrap-up & Certificates This course does not include live-fire exercises