Volume 35, Issue 2 (March 1990)

    Single Wound Produced by Simultaneous Discharge of Both Shells from a Double-Barrel Shotgun

    (Received 10 March 1989; accepted 31 March 1989)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    We present the case of a man who was killed by simultaneous discharge of both barrels of a double-barrel shotgun. Externally, there was a single wound simulating a wound made by a discharge of a single barrel. Test-firing of the shotgun against cloth, paper, and naugahyde targets revealed defects similar in shape to the wound in the victim. Simultaneous discharge of both barrels from a double-barrel shotgun may simulate the wound made by discharge of a single barrel.


    Author Information:

    Medich, MG
    staff physician, Emergency Department, St. Vincents Hospital, Green Bay, WI

    Burritt, M
    Firearms examiner, Michigan State Police Crime Laboratory, Grand Rapids, MI

    Davison, P
    Forensic pathologist and pathology assistant, Blodgett Memorial Medical Center, Grand Rapids, MI

    Cohle, SD
    Forensic pathologist and pathology assistant, Blodgett Memorial Medical Center, Grand Rapids, MI


    Stock #: JFS12849J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12849J

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    Title Single Wound Produced by Simultaneous Discharge of Both Shells from a Double-Barrel Shotgun
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    Committee E30