As injuries due to firearms are common in most areas of the United States, skill in the interpretation of these injuries is vitally important for the practitioner of death and injury investigation.This course will examine the forensic importance of gunshot injuries and will lead the investigator through proper identification and interpretation of gunshot injuries.
This course is approved for continuing education credits by Missouri POST, American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI)
All participants of this course will receive:
- Course Presentation (excluding some photographs)
- Forensic Body Exam Charts
- Certificate of Completion
Upon the completion of this 2.5-hour CLEE training, students will be better equipped to:
- Explain the jurisdiction limitations of gunshot injury investigations.
- Explain the four aspects of firearm injuries
- Identify the four categories of Range of Fire
- Explain why bullet trajectory information will assist in the investigation
- Explain and identify an abrasion ring
- Explain what smoke and soot residue is
- Explain stippling and tattooing and what causes it
- Explain the different characteristics of an entrance v. an exit wound.
- Explain what a percussion injury is and how they are made
- Explain what skull and bone beveling is and how it is useful in determining the trajectory of a bullet.
- Explain what Gun Shot Residue, GSR is and why it is important to the investigation
Detailed Overview of this Course
As injuries due to firearms are common in most areas of the United States, skill in the interpretation of these injuries is vitally important for the practitioner of death and injury investigation.This course will examine the forensic importance of gunshot injuries and will lead the investigator through proper identification and interpretation of gunshot injuries. Areas covered are:
- The characteristics of gunshot wounds
- The distance of fire indicators
- Wound assessment
- Proper documentation such as photographing and forensic wound charting.
This course will also give the student an understanding of:
- Bullet trajectory
- How to determine bullet trajectory
- The importance of blood spatter and what it can tell you
- As well as how to properly communicate scene exam findings to the Medical Examiner and other investigators
Understanding gunshot injuries are vital in conducting a proper investigation. Knowing what distance and range of fire indicators are will assist in determining witness truthfulness as well as helping to determine injury and death etiology.
This is an online video training and is designed to be interactive with students by random quizzes and a final exam. Student login and time is tracked per student to verify time spent in the course if needed. Testing cannot be done until videos are watched. Each video has a unique symbol or picture that will appear prominently in the video and is part of the test questions, this will ensure the video has been watched. Certificates will only be available for print after successful completion of the final exam and the course evaluation.
Each certificate will indicate that it was an online training and will note the post control number and the CLEE hours given.
Who should attend this course:
- Law Enforcement Officers
- Detectives and Investigators
- Medicolegal Death Investigators
- Private Legal Investigators