A distant-range, suicidal shotgun wound of the back

Durak D., Fedakar R., Turkmen N.

JOURNAL OF FORENSIC SCIENCES, vol.51, no.1, pp.131-133, 2006 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 51 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2005.00018.x
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.131-133
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


The case being reported is one of a shotgun fatality with a thoracic back wound. A 23-year-old man was shot from a distance with trajectories going from back to front and on a nearly horizontal level. These findings observed in the autopsy could represent homicide, but scene investigation and police records were interpreted and it became clear that the case was suicide. Thus, this case shows that the determination of the manner of death requires a careful forensic investigation including autopsy findings, scene investigation, and reconstruction of the events.