Microscopic gunshot residue particles are expelled on the discharge of a firearm and this gunshot residue (GSR) may be deposited on the shooter, on anything close to the weapon, on anyone at the crime scene or perhaps on someone who was not at the crime scene.
Following a drive by shooting involving two vehicles, persons from one of the vehicles were charged with possession of firearms with intent to endanger life. The prosecution's forensic examination concluded that given the gunshot residue found, a firearm could have been discharged from the defendant’s vehicle and the case was committed to trial.
Our firearms experts have worked on numerous gunshot residue cases and are able to report on the significance of findings and whether other activities or contamination may explain the results. In this case our firearms expert determined that gunshot residue found inside the vehicle may have been transferred from gunshot damage sustained to the outside of the vehicle during the incident.
Review the prosecutions analysis and interpretation of the gunshot residue.
Determine if a person could have fired a particular firearm, or ammunition type.
Expertly comment on whether gunshot residue may have been found due to close proximity to the discharge or by means of contamination.
Assess the condition of the weapons suspected of being involved.
Review the original forensic examination, findings and report(s).
Re-interpret the findings in the light of your client’s version of events.
Re-examine any gunshot residue or scene related items that have been retained by the police
Examine additional evidence
Comment on factors that may not have been considered in original forensic report.
Prepare reports or statements for use in court, both criminal and civil.
Attend court to give evidence or to support the defence team by assisting with cross-examination.
Evidence was presented in court and the defendants were acquitted.