Suicide with One Cranial Gunshot by a .320 Caliber Pocket Revolver

Lucia Tattoli, Saskia Sabrina Etzold, Michael Tsokos, Lars Oesterhelweg, Sven Hartwig

Abstract


Suicide using a firearm is the most commonly used method of committing suicide for men and women. In this paper, we present and discuss a suicide case in which an 86-year-old man shot himself using a .320 caliber pocket revolver. Proper crime scene investigation, recovery of the weapon used, and precise interpretation of autopsy findings play a fundamental role in determining the exact cause and manner of death. Accurate analysis of the injuries and a thorough knowledge of weapons and ballistics are essential for an adequate investigation in these unusual cases. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of a cranial gunshot inflicted by a .320 caliber pocket revolver.


Keywords


Suicide, Cranial gunshot, .320 caliber pocket revolver

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12816/0011257

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