Volume 32, Issue 6 (November 1987)

    Suicidal Contact Gunshot Wounds to the Head with .38 Special Glaser Safety Slug Ammunition

    (Received 12 March 1987; accepted 20 March 1987)

    Published Online: November

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    Glaser Safety Slug TM ammunition is a uniquely designed, essentially prefragmented ammunition. Tests performed by the U.S. Justice Department demonstrated that the ammunition possesses high kinetic energy, high relative incapacitation index (RII) and poses a very low risk to bystanders because of its total loss of kinetic energy in the target. Despite having been manufactured since 1974, no deaths from this ammunition have been previously reported. The authors herein describe the first three reported human deaths.


    Author Information:

    Jones, AM
    Chief medical examiner and medicolegal investigator, Office of the Medical Examiner, Pima County, Arizona, Tucson, AZ

    Hock, D
    Armorer, Tucson Police Department, Tucson, AZ

    Sperry, K
    Medical investigator, School of Medicine, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

    Reyna, M
    Chief medical examiner and medicolegal investigator, Office of the Medical Examiner, Pima County, Arizona, Tucson, AZ


    Stock #: JFS11220J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11220J

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    Title Suicidal Contact Gunshot Wounds to the Head with .38 Special Glaser Safety Slug Ammunition
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    Committee E30