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Novel Distance Estimation Method for Shotgun Discharges at Close Range

BOLTON-KING, Rachel, Kerkhoff, Wim, Mattijssen, Erwin and Withers, Charlotte (2019) Novel Distance Estimation Method for Shotgun Discharges at Close Range. In: AFTE 2019: 50th Annual Training Seminar, 26-31 May 2019, Nashville, TN, USA.

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The learning objective for this presentation is to consider a new method for estimating shotgun-related shooting distances at close range, typically <1 m.

The research proposition was that close firing distances can be estimated from measuring the size of the shot-defect created upon a clothed human simulation.

This research has demonstrated the potential for a simple, cheap and non-destructive new method to estimate shooting distance at close range (<1m) through the application of traditional photography, and analysis using open source software (Fiji/ImageJ). This method still requires further testing, but has the potential for application in estimating firing distance when shot have not sufficiently spread and/or to further corroborate gunshot residue patterns observed through visual or chemical analysis.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: shotgun; distance estimation; distance determination; shooting incident reconstruction; forensic; firearm; shot;
Faculty: School of Law, Policing and Forensics > Criminal Justice and Forensic Science
Event Title: AFTE 2019: 50th Annual Training Seminar
Event Location: Nashville, TN, USA
Event Dates: 26-31 May 2019
Depositing User: Rachel BOLTON-KING
Date Deposited: 30 May 2019 14:28
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 13:55
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