Shooting Scene Reconstruction

When making an argument, it’s much more effective to show someone your side of the story rather than just tell them. This is especially true when the stakes are as high as this. A shooting means someone is facing serious charges, possibly even the rest of their life in prison. If they didn’t do it, you want to ensure their life isn’t ruined for something they didn’t do. If you know they did do the shooting, you must ensure that justice is carried out and the jury knows they did it too. Either way, you can’t just tell someone what led up to the shooting and how it played out. You need to show them. This can be done with the professional shooting scene reconstruction services offered by Evidence Room.

Shooting incidents are dynamic and varied. The evidence produced during such an event can be complicated to figure out and even more confusing to explain to a jury of non-experts. The first thing to understand is the “trajectory.” At shooting scenes, the crime scene team will identify, reconstruct, and document projectile paths, called trajectories. This will be done based on impact marks, including penetrating, perforating, or non-penetrating points of impact.  

The examination of defects and holes caused by projectiles, bullets, from the firearm used can provide information useful in the reconstruction of the shooting incident in question. Observations of impact sites can provide information about the projectile, the firearm, intermediate objects in the path of the projectile, order of shots, direction of travel of the projectile, and more. In certain cases, the trajectory of the bullet may need to be determined. Doing so can assist in determining possible positions from where a shot originated as well as locating additional items of forensic significance, such as cartridge cases, where a person was standing, additional bullets in the wall, and more.

Shooting scene reconstruction relies on careful examination and processing of a scene for pertinent physical evidence including defects and holes caused by projectiles. Accurate reconstruction typically requires the identification and collection of associated evidence and its subsequent analysis in the laboratory. To put it plainly, this is too important to get wrong!

Once we get the science right, we’ll get to work creating the scene in a way that the judge and jury can easily understand. 3D animations are a great way to present a reconstruction of a shooting scene that involves several different factors and elements which cannot easily be explained without visual support. 

This is not just a pretty picture! We are able to simulate substantially similar conditions like weather, lighting, impact, force, and speed. We can create a Point of View (POV) to allow the jury to see the accident from a position where it is most advantageous to determine the fault. Computer forensic animations are revolutionizing the way information is being presented in modern litigation. At Evidence Room, we offer professionally produced shooting and crime scene reconstruction animations, illustrations, and visual exhibits to be used at trial.

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