A Practical Guide to Shooting Scene Preservation for Crime Scene Investigators

Charles S. DeFrance, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Denver Division
Carlo J. Rosati, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Laboratory Division

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When a dedicated shooting reconstruction team is not immediately available, the first crime scene investigators on the scene need to properly document the condition of the scene and preserve evidence that will be need for the reconstruction. This paper offers suggested guidelines for crime scene investigators to properly document and preserve evidence in a shooting scene for later processing by a shooting reconstruction team.

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Copyright: © 2009 Charles S. DeFrance and Carlo J. Rosati. Copyright for this article is retained by the authors, with publication rights granted to the Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.