Characteristic Features of Entrance Wounds from Hollow-Point Bullets

    Volume 38, Issue 2 (March 1993)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 4


    Berryman, HE
    Assistant Professors of Pathology, University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN

    LeVaughn, MM
    Medical Examiner, Western Kentucky Region, Department of Pathology, Regional Medical Center, Madisonville, KY

    Smith, OC
    Assistant Professors of Pathology, University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN

    Symes, SA
    Assistant Director, Regional Forensic Center, Memphis, TN

    (Received 5 June 1992; accepted 22 July 1992)

    Abstract

    Several cases of gunshot wounds produced by hollow-point bullets showed characteristic central tags. These apparently arise from sparing of the skin surface by the hollow point cavity when the bullet strikes the skin tangentially. This unique feature may be helpful in assessing entrances of perforating wound tracks or other cases where the bullet is either not available or unknown.


    Paper ID: JFS13411J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13411J

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