Identification of ammunitions used in a lethal robbery. Comparison between scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray analysis (SEM-EDX) and instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) measurements

A. Moauro, G. Falso

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Gunshot residues (GSRs) sampled in proximity of the hole left by a bullet on the clothes of a person wounded during a homicidal robbery, have been examined by the authors, on request of the Court. These investigations have shown that gunshot residues GSRs can be considered consistent with a shot discharged by a pistol SIG SAUER, found on the crime scene, with Sellier and Bellot (S and B) ammunition. Actually, these cartridges leave residues in which tin is present together with lead and barium, as found in the examined GSRs. An evaluation of the firing distance and a comparison between scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray analysis (SEM-EDX) and Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) have been also performed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1237 - 1242
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Genetics

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