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Fatal Gunshot Wound to the Head With Lack of Immediate Incapacitation.
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PMID:  24781406     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Investigation of deaths caused by penetrating gunshot wounds to the head often raises the possibility of foul play. The forensic pathologist may be asked if the victim was able to perform certain acts after the gunshot, and how quickly this person might have become incapacitated. The possibility of a suicidal act can depend on these answers. We report the case of a 45-year-old woman whose body was found with a right temporal entrance wound. A shotgun was found 60 ft from the body location. The question of knowing if this woman had been able to shoot herself in the head and then walk a distance of 60 ft before dying was essential for the investigation, as suicide was the first hypothesis. The autopsy and a careful neuropathology investigation allowed to answer this question. In the literature, multiple publications report cases of victims who were able to act following penetrating ballistic head injury.
Bruno Aesch; Thierry Lefrancq; Christophe Destrieux; Pauline Saint-Martin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-4-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1533-404X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Publication Date:  2014 Apr 
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Created Date:  2014-4-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8108948     Medline TA:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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