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NCJ Number: 122743 Find in a Library
Title: Gunshot Wound to the Back of the Head - Self Defence vs. Homicide
Journal: Journal of the Forensic Science Society  Volume:29  Issue:4  Dated:(July/August 1989)  Pages:255-260
Author(s): F T Zugibe; J T Costello; M K Breithaupt
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 6
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: A police officer attended the scene of a burglary in progress and, following a pursuit through the house with his gun in hand, shot the burglar in the back of the head.
Abstract: The officer pleaded self-defence alleging that the burglar had whirled around holding what was perceived as a gun in his left hand and that he had reflexively pulled the trigger of his own gun. When he examined the body, a black yarmulke was present near the outstretched hand of the burglar. The results of a reconstruction were consistent with the details of the police officer's deposition. (Publisher abstract)
Main Term(s): Self defense
Index Term(s): Assault with a deadly weapon; Police Brutality
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