Ronald R. Scott, M.A., M.S.
Shooting Reconstruction - Ballistics - Firearms

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.

I have investigated over 325 police involved shootings and/or been retained or consulted in criminal and civil cases by the U.S. Military Services, attorneys, families,  District Attorneys,  U.S. Attorneys General, authors & scholars, engineers, firing range operators, citizen's groups, Innocence Projects,  and private individuals.

The majority of my work is within the United States.  I have  conducted forensic casework in Canada, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Israel, U.S. Virgin Islands, Israel, United Kingdom, Philippines, and Haiti.

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  

Most common deficiencies in shooting incidents:

  • The investigator has insufficient forensic expertise.
  • Investigators often rely on technicians to collect evidence who lack investigative experience and critical information at the scene is overlooked.
  • Evidence is submitted to a crime lab, often a state or county agency, where months later still more detached examiners have minimal, or no knowledge at all, of the incident and what tests should be conducted.
  • The correlation of test results, the alleged version of events, and conclusions conflict.
  • Evidence, which should have been present, is not even considered and therefore never part of the conclusion.
  • Cases are prosecuted on faulty theory & evidence does not support the charges.
  • Attorneys frequently lack the forensic and criminal investigative expertise to defend their client.
The typical result:

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. 

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