Gunshot Injury in Neck; Suicide or Homicide?

Authors

  • Anil Garg1
  • Shakshi Sharma
  • Yogendra Malik
  • Yogesh Kumar Vashist
  • Pawan Mittal
  • Gaurav Sharma
  • Bhavya Kalra

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v21i4.3091

Keywords:

Firearm, Suicide, Gunpowder residue, Autopsy

Abstract

Forensic investigation of a gunshot related death can be a challenging process .When ascertaining the manner
of death, the forensic expert should be careful, as, attempts are not uncommon to disguise homicides as
suicides. Abnormal and unusual location of gunshot wound adds to this suspicion. The case under discussion
highlights the role of a forensic expert in the ascertainment of the manner in firearm deaths. The deceased
was a criminal who was absconding and when his where about were revealed to the investigating agency, he
was followed to arrest but, upon reaching the spot in the sugarcane fields, there was exchange of fire and his
dead body was found with the weapon lying near him. A thorough complete autopsy and detection of gun
powder residue on hands lead to the unfolding of this mystery.

Author Biographies

Anil Garg1

Professor, Deptt. of Forensic Medicine, BPS Govt Medical College for Women, Khanpurkalan, Gohana, Sonipat

Shakshi Sharma

Scientific Assistant (Ballistics Divison) Forensic Science Laboratory (Haryana), Madhuban, Karnal

Yogendra Malik

Professor,Deptt. of Forensic Medicine, BPS Govt
Medical College for Women, Khanpurkalan, Gohana, Sonipat

Yogesh Kumar Vashist

Assistant Professor, Deptt. of Forensic Medicine, BPS Govt
Medical College for Women, Khanpurkalan, Gohana, Sonipat

Pawan Mittal

Demonstrator,  Deptt. of Forensic Medicine, BPS Govt
Medical College for Women, Khanpurkalan, Gohana, Sonipat

Gaurav Sharma

Professor & Head, Deptt. of Forensic Medicine, BPS Govt
Medical College for Women, Khanpurkalan, Gohana, Sonipat

Bhavya Kalra

Ex-resident, Deptt. of Forensic Medicine, BPS Govt
Medical College for Women, Khanpurkalan, Gohana, Sonipat

Published

2021-08-27

How to Cite

Anil Garg1, Shakshi Sharma, Yogendra Malik, Yogesh Kumar Vashist, Pawan Mittal, Gaurav Sharma, & Bhavya Kalra. (2021). Gunshot Injury in Neck; Suicide or Homicide?. Medico Legal Update, 21(4), 1-5. https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v21i4.3091

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