Two cases of firearm grip impressions on the hands of suicide victims

Christopher K. Poulos, Brian L. Peterson

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Abstract

Many factors are used to help distinguish firearm suicides from homicides and accidents, including range of fire, location of entrance defects, wound path trajectory, backspatter (blowback), and gunshot residue. Specifically, authors have discussed examination of the hands for backspatter, gunshot residue, cylinder gap effects, iron staining, and trauma as means of supporting a person having held a firearm while committing suicide. Here, we discuss 2 cases where suicidal gunshot wounds were accompanied by unique firearm grip impressions on the hands of the decedents. In 1 case, a "negative" impression of a grip pattern was left in a decedent's hand and in another case a grip pattern was left on the decedent's hand in dried blood. Such impressions can be used to provide support for establishing suicide as the manner of death.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-63
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Firearms
Hand Strength
Suicide
Hand
Gunshot Wounds
Homicide
Wounds and Injuries
Accidents
Iron
Staining and Labeling

Keywords

  • firearms
  • patterns
  • suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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Two cases of firearm grip impressions on the hands of suicide victims. / Poulos, Christopher K.; Peterson, Brian L.

In: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, Vol. 33, No. 1, 03.2012, p. 61-63.

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Poulos, Christopher K. ; Peterson, Brian L. / Two cases of firearm grip impressions on the hands of suicide victims. In: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology. 2012 ; Vol. 33, No. 1. pp. 61-63.
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