From cause of death of the victim, or

From what I have learned so far, I would
say that the victim caught the perpetrator burglarizing his garage,
specifically, searching his car. From the victim’s stocking feet and possession
of the bat, I think that he was in his home and probably heard a noise coming
from the garage and grabbed a bat when he went to check it out. Upon entering
the garage, he saw the perpetrator rummaging through the car, and hit him with
the bat, causing the perpetrator to bleed. The perpetrator started to leave,
and the victim ran after him with the bat, when the perpetrator turned and shot
him. Then maybe the perpetrator went back to the car to retrieve something, and
that is how the bloody handprint appeared on the passenger window. I’m not
really sure why there would be a blood smear on the exterior of the car though.
But from the description of the crime scene, that is what I believe happened.

Photos should be taken of each piece of
potential evidence. From the description of the crime scene, these include:
each of the three shell casings, the bloody handprint from the front passenger
side window, the car door itself, the baseball bat in the victim’s hand, as
well as the body – all before the evidence is recovered or tampered with. The
shell casings are important because they can help determine the cause of death
of the victim, or a potential injury to another person. After photographs are
taken of each both with and without a scale, they should be placed in a
container with tweezers for evidence to preserve any possible fingerprints or
other evidence that may be on them, not quite visible to the naked eye. The
bloody handprint on the window is also important because it can give us an idea
of the events that occurred and also determine if there was another party
involved and/or the identification of the person who left the handprint. Photographs
of the handprint both with and without a scale should be taken and the blood
should be sampled as well. The baseball bat that had blood on it could point to
the perpetrator, or possibly another victim. After the aforementioned photos
are taken of the bat, the blood should be sampled. It should also be placed in
a container for evidence with gloved hands to prevent contamination of the
evidence. The car should also be thoroughly searched for evidence, since the
car door was ajar upon arrival at the crime scene. While there will be an
abundance of fingerprints from the victim, since he owned the car, it is
possible that there are fingerprints or some kind of DNA present in the car
from the perpetrator.  

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            There
are several photos that should be taken of the crime scene. We should establish
the location by taking photos that will give us 360 degrees of coverage and
also take photos of any landmarks (Houck & Siegel, 2015). All entrances and
exits should be photographed and the crime scene as a whole should be
photographed in an overlapping series to aid with reconstruction if needed.  Starting with the most fragile areas of the
crime scene, photos of all potential evidence should be taken before it is
recovered (Houck & Siegel, 2015). The photos of the evidence should be
taken both with and without a scale, and on that scale, should be the
photographer’s initials and the date, to aid in reconstruction if needed (Houck
& Siegel, 2015).

            Because
the crime scene is a rectangular garage and fairly large, I will use a grid
pattern to search the crime scene methodically, so as to ensure that no
evidence is missed. This will bring organization to the search and prevent
confusion. I think that using this method is the best choice given the size and
shape of the scene.

            Only
authorized personnel should be allowed on the premises because it is important
that the potential evidence from a crime scene is protected from contamination.
The evidence collected is what helps bring the perpetrator to justice, and if
there is a question regarding its credibility, it could mean that a murderer
walks free. Also, another reason it is important for no one but authorized
personnel to be allowed on the premises of a crime scene is that it can
distract the investigators from doing their job effectively. And when
investigators are distracted, they may miss important evidence in their search.

            As the
first responder on the scene, my primary duty is to secure the crime scene and
prevent any tampering with the scene (Houck & Siegel, 2015). I verify that
a crime has been committed from the body lying on the ground in a pool of
blood. I report my findings. I check the body for any signs of life, without
compromising any potential evidence, and render medical assistance if needed.
Upon checking the victim, I determine that he is deceased, and I call in to
report my findings and to request an investigative team. I look for and detain
any potential suspects that are in the immediate area. I make each move of my
body with caution, so as not to destroy, alter, or add any possible evidence (Houck
& Siegel, 2015). Furthermore, I ensure that others are not tampering with
any evidence by keeping everyone clear of the crime scene until a plan of
action is set in place and proper personnel arrive (Houck & Siegel, 2015). The
crime scene is defined, and borders are identified. I record all actions
previously taken at the scene, in case the crime scene was altered in any way. Finally,
I ensure that absolutely no one but authorized personnel be allowed on the
premises, and the names of everyone entering and leaving the scene should be
noted, along with times if possible (Lyman, 2013).

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