Volume 24, Issue 3 (July 1979)

    Determining Sequence of Fire in Gunshot Wounds: Two Case Reports

    (Received 26 October 1978; accepted 29 December 1978)

    Published Online: July

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    There are many facts that can usually be learned about a gunshot wound during a forensic autopsy. These include the range of fire (contact, near, or distant range), the path through which the bullet entered the body, what caliber bullet or bullets were used (and which was probably the fatal shot), and, finally, specifically, what gun fired the fatal shot if the bullet removed at autopsy is found to match a suspected weapon. Sometimes, when a defective weapon has been used, the bullet holes and the bullet will show that the firearm was defective. All of these facts are very helpful in understanding the circumstances surrounding a death.


    Author Information:

    Hennigar, GR
    Assistant professor of pathology and chief medical examiner of Charleston County; and professor and chairman, Department of Pathology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston,

    Sexton, JS
    Assistant professor of pathology and chief medical examiner of Charleston County; and professor and chairman, Department of Pathology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston,


    Stock #: JFS10878J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10878J

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    Title Determining Sequence of Fire in Gunshot Wounds: Two Case Reports
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