Are .22-caliber bullets incapable of leaving ballistical forensic data?
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I was watching Investigation Discovery’s non-fiction crime show series, Nightmare Next Door, when my BullShoot-O-Meter wanged red. During one of the homicide detective’s interviews, Detective Sgt. Ben Benson of the Pierce Co. (WA) Sheriff’s Department said the following about crime scene evidence:
The Suspect Statement
“Twenty-two caliber bullets are such that they don’t give you [the forensic investigator] ballistics off of them.”
I realize that this television show was likely heavily edited, and there is a good chance that Detective Benson’s words were taken out of context, or his full explanation was omitted or edited for brevity. Nonetheless, his statement as quoted was taken directly from the show, and it struck me as unbelievable.