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Probative value of gunshot residue on victims of shootings and comparison of gunshot residue results with modern technology versus older testing of samples
Author(s): Robert S. White; William J. Mershon
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Paper Abstract

Some government agencies take the position that the results of gunshot residue from the hands of victims of shootings are not probative and meaningless. It is my opinion from experience in many cases that this is not the case and the results can mean life or death in some cases. Actual individual cases are described. The results of samples examined years ago with a small number of gunshot residue particles and reexamined recently shows the number and quality of particles that can be located and identified with modern equipment.

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Date Published: 30 June 2011
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8036, Scanning Microscopies 2011: Advanced Microscopy Technologies for Defense, Homeland Security, Forensic, Life, Environmental, and Industrial Sciences, 803605 (30 June 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.884506
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Robert S. White, West Virginia State Police (Retired) (United States)
William J. Mershon, Tescan USA Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8036:
Scanning Microscopies 2011: Advanced Microscopy Technologies for Defense, Homeland Security, Forensic, Life, Environmental, and Industrial Sciences
Michael T. Postek; Dale E. Newbury; S. Frank Platek; David C. Joy; Tim K. Maugel, Editor(s)

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