Published Online: 1 October 1976
Page Count: 6
Associate medical examiner, Office of the Medical Examiner of Wayne County, Detroit, Mich.
Chief medical examiner of Wayne County and associate professor of pathology, Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich.
(Received 21 November 1975; accepted 23 January 1976)
International hijacking of commercial airplanes has become rather commonplace, and armed robbery aboard buses in the United States has recently occurred with some frequency. This type of violence poses unquestionable problems to law enforcement. In the event of a shoot-out with police or security guards, the possibility of injury to bystanders is a great problem. A high-powered round may miss a target and strike an unsuspecting person a considerable distance away, or it may richochet and veer off in an unpredictable direction. Furthermore, a round may pass through the intended target and continue on to injure an uninvolved party, or the skin of a commercial aircraft could be perforated by the gunfire, thereby upsetting pressure conditions in the cabin and possibly causing a crash.
Paper ID: JFS10572J