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Forensic Pathology of Gunshot Wounds - Recognizing and Collecting Firearms Evidence

Class Code: 
E115

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento or Los Angeles
Class Description: 
This two-day course is designed for the medical and forensic professional who may investigate firearm related injuries. Recognizing such evidence and its proper collection will be covered. Interpretation of wounds and wound patterns will be stressed.
Instructor: 
Dr. Frank Sheridan, Chief Medical Examiner, San Bernardino County. Lucien Haag, Forensic Science Services Inc.
Teaching Methods: 
Lecture and PowerPoint
Objectives: 
The field of firearms is diverse, encompassing many years of products and development. When firearms or ammunition become evidence it is important for medical professionals and forensic experts to be able to recognize, collect and properly interpret such evidence. Topics will include firearms, ammunition, gunshot residue, gunpowder and shot patterns, clothing exams, wounding mechanisms and proper documentation.
Prerequisites: 
None, but preference will be given to pathologists, nurses, paramedics and forensic field investigators.
Preparation: 
Firearms nomenclature pre-reading package
Materials Fee: 
A $35.00 materials fee will be charged to all students. This charge will be due at the beginning of class. Make check(s) payable to California Department of Justice.
Tuition: 
No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies. A $240.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

Schedule of Classes:


No classes are scheduled at this time.

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