Police Shootings - Firearms - Ballistics - Toolmarks - Shooting Reconstruction - Crime Scenes - Gunshot Distance - Trajectory - Hunting & Firearms Safety - Gunshot Wounds - Catastrophic Failure - Reaction Time - Shooting Dynamics - Gyroscopic Stability - Firing Range Evaluations - Unintentional Discharges
I am privileged to be one of a handful of persons with combined experience in both forensic and criminal investigations with hands-on involvement in literally thousands of shooting incidents from septuple homicides to defective design of firearms including catastrophic failures.
50 total years in ballistics and firearms including 25 years in forensic shooting reconstruction and investigation including over 25 years with the Masssachusetts State Police where I was the Commanding Officer of the Ballistics Section and a member of the Firearms Review Board for evaluating officer involved shooting incidents.
In 2002, I combined a lifetime of education, training, and experience with shooting incidents, firearms, ballistics, gunshot wounds, shooting dynamics, crime scenes, forensics, and criminal investigation into private consulting in areas of:
Shooting Dynamics (elements of time and motion, reaction time)
Elapsed time vs # of shots fired, time, speed, distance factors
Homicide – Suicide – Wrongful Death – Police Involved Shootings - Gunshot Wounds
Shooting Incident Reconstruction - Daubert/Frye Consultation - Crime Scenes
Ballistics (Internal, External, and Terminal) - Trajectory Analysis - Defective Design
Tool marks - Catastrophic failure resulting in death or serious injury
Hunting protocols and firearms safety
The investigation is compartmentalized with a significant gap in inter-communication; scientific test results are disconnected from the actual evidence interpretation which existed at the crime scene; needed tests to resolve conflicting results are not done.
Lab technicians/criminalists often share time performing non-firearms work and are restricted to the field of firearms identification (tool marks, etc).
The final case file is littered with omissions and misconstrued conclusions which is then reviewed by people who have little technical, forensic and/or investigative skills.