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Summary and Comment: The autopsy report states:
- The identity of the remains was without question.
- Cause of death: Gunshot wound from high-velocity bullet entering left cheek and exiting below right ear.
- Terminal bleeding.
- Aspiration of blood.
- No bullet or fragments recovered.
The wound is not consistent with the marksmanship of Bible students shooting madly in the heat of combat.
Instead, the wound appears to be an expertly placed bullet aimed to pass through the center of the brain, causing instant and certain fatality — as few but a professional sniper could inflict. The bullet did extensive fatal damage that could not be mitigated in the world's best trauma unit, even if it were already on the scene.
No bullet or fragment was recovered from the remains, making identification of the weapon (and hence the shooter) impossible from the autopsy alone. The lack of bullet fragments suggests a jacketed bullet, the kind required by the Vienna Conventions on war; jacketed bullets are not generally used by sportsmen.
Note that the Officer Down Memorial Page states, "Weapon Gun; Unknown type" and "Offender: Committed suicide" without identifying the offender.
Bone chart and
medical glossary available on line.
Anomalies in the Forensic Process may also be helpful.