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

    Volume 32, Issue 6 (November 1987)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 November 1987

    Page Count: 18


    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

    (Received 12 March 1987; accepted 20 March 1987)

    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.


    Paper ID: JFS11220J

    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