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A Fatal Shot with a Signal Flare—A Crime Reconstruction

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A reconstruction of an incident of a fatal wounding of a football fan with a parachute flare was performed. Physical and chemical examinations of the victim’s trousers and parts of a flare removed from the wound in his leg were performed by means of an optical microscope and a scanning electron microscope coupled with an energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer. Signs of burning were seen on the front upper part of the trousers, including a 35–40 mm circular hole with melted and charred edges. Postblast residue present on the surface of the trousers contained strontium, magnesium, potassium, and chlorine. Also the case files—the medical reports and the witnesses’ testimonies—were thoroughly studied. It has been found that the evidence collected in the case supported the version of the victim being shot by another person from a distance.

Keywords: crime reconstruction; criminalistics; forensic science; postblast residue; scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry; signal flare

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Institute of Forensic Research, Westerplatte 9, 31-033 Krakow, Poland.

Publication date: 2009-05-01

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