Instructors: Gary Graff & Iris Dalley Course length: 40 hours
Modern investigators are frequently faced with the investigation of incidents involving the discharge of firearms. Whether the incident is a criminal act, an act of self-defense, or the use of deadly force by law enforcement, the outcome of these investigations often has far-reaching consequences. It is essential that investigators effectively and accurately analyze these scenes so facts surrounding these incidents can be demonstrated in a court of law or where otherwise required.
This comprehensive 5-day (40-hour) course is specially designed for case officers/investigators, forensic technicians, crime scene analysts, and others involved in shooting incident analysis. Through both lecture and practical exercises, students will learn and practice shooting scene reconstruction methodologies and evaluate positions and evidentiary relationships between the shooter, scene, victim and other evidence.
All main concepts are reinforced through hands-on practical exercises using historically-based case scenarios. * Includes exercises conducted at a shooting range.
Class Requirements: Course is designed to develop knowledge and hands-on experience for shooting incident scene analysis. Prior investigative or crime scene experience and attendance at a previous Crime Scene Reconstruction Course is recommended but not required. Attendees should bring a camera for documenting evidence and an electronic device with USB connection, preferably a laptop computer, to access and save digital handouts, case materials, and fillable forms used in lecture and practical exercises.
Classroom and firearms range instruction and practical exercises include:
Firearms and ammunition design and function
Physics of projectile motion
Proper identification, documentation and organization of firearms-related evidence
Gunshot wound ballistics and interrelationships of wounds and other evidence
Determining muzzle to target distances
Mathematics for trajectory analysis in crime scenes
Application of the scientific method to field analysis
Reconstructing the shooting event through recognizing and correlating evidentiary relationships between evidence in the scene, forensic analyses, and subject/witness statements
*Trajectory analysis through rodding, laser, trigonometry and stringing
*Demonstration and analysis of bullet interactions with various materials including glass, metal, concrete, wood, motor vehicles, bone and dirt. Commonly held perceptions will be challenged