Pistol thrown to the ground by shooter after fatal self inflicted gunshot wound to the chest

Zech, Wolf-Dieter; Kneubühl, Beat; Thali, Michael; Bolliger, Stephan (2011). Pistol thrown to the ground by shooter after fatal self inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Journal of forensic and legal medicine, 18(2), pp. 88-90. Oxford: Elsevier 10.1016/j.jflm.2010.11.005

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We report the case of a 46-year-old man found dead in his apartment in a chair with a gunshot wound in his chest. All circumstances pointed to suicide as the manner of death. Finding the weapon, a SIG Sauer P228 pistol, about 2 m away from the decedent with an obstacle between weapon and corpse however generated speculation about third party involvement. Scene investigations and ballistic calculations showed that with a high probability the weapon must have been purposefully thrown away by the decedent after he fired the lethal gunshot.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Forensic Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Forensic Imaging

UniBE Contributor:

Zech, Wolf-Dieter; Kneubühl, Beat P.; Thali, Michael and Bolliger, Stephan

ISSN:

1752-928X

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:10

Last Modified:

24 Jul 2014 14:50

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.jflm.2010.11.005

PubMed ID:

21315304

Web of Science ID:

000288480800009

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/1545 (FactScience: 203320)

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