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Shooting Incident Reconstruction   

During this dynamic course, you will use actual case studies and hands-on applications as you learn how to determine the orientation and location of individuals involved in a shooting incident, the sequence of shots fired, and the location or position of objects at the scene.

We will explore the latest reconstruction principles and methods for investigating and documenting projectile-related scenes. You will have the opportunity to observe live fire demonstrations involving vehicles and many other target surfaces. Following each shooting exercise, you will be assigned the challenge of using classroom and field tools to measure, test, and document your observation of the event.

In addition, we will teach you how to incorporate the principles of mathematics, lasers and the latest computer software diagramming systems to document your reconstruction efforts for courtroom purposes.

Topics Include

  • Fundamentals of interior, exterior, and terminal ballistics
  • Projectile motion and linear modeling of bullet trajectories
  • Examination of bullet holes and determination of impact trajectory
  • Determination of direction and distance
  • Determination of likely locations of victim(s) and suspect(s)
  • Measuring methods and devices
  • Shot sequencing
  • Ricochet phenomena
  • Shell casing ejection patterns
  • Mathematical calculations
  • Importance of impact angles to horizontal planes
  • Computer modeling of parabolic trajectories
  • Evidence recovery methods
  • Documentation of crime scene reconstruction efforts with photographs, rough sketches, measurements and computer software
  • Gunshot residue analysis and range of fire
  • Gunshot wound dynamics


Experienced investigators and crime scene technicians, seasoned detectives, investigations supervisors, medical examiner and coroner investigators, and military investigative personnel.

This course is restricted to sworn and non-sworn law enforcement personnel.

Course Length

40 hours


This course is IAI Crime Scene Certification approved.

What to Bring

  • Work clothes for outside activities (including inclement weather)
  • Camera and equipment to document field exercises

What Our Students Are Saying

  • “Very well organized and presented material will be very helpful with job duties.” – J.W.
  • “I thought this was a well instructed, well rounded course. Thank you for taking the time to respond to our questions. Both instructors did an excellent job.” – Sgt. L.B.
  • “Great experience from both instructors.” – R.C.
  • “Great combination of classroom work and interactive exercises.” – C.C.
  • “Highly recommend this course to law-enforcement. Excellent material covered.” – B.C.
  • "I really enjoyed this week! Our shootings have escalated and I have a better understanding of how to document them now." – M.M., Crime Scene Tech. Supervisor
  • "It was a lot of fun, even some of the math. I learned a lot and look forward to practicing the techniques and learning more. Thanks for a great week!" – T.R., C.S.T.
  • "Great hands on and practical application. It's great to have supplemental help/info for photography. The range time was very informative." – Det. D.L.
  • Very good class. This class gave me info on different things I can do to improve my cases." – Det. W.A.
  • Great course. I learned new ways to look at a shooting scene." – Det. D.S.




Schedule Changes

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received an official confirmation email prior to the first day of class, please contact us at (904) 620-4786 or before traveling or making airline reservations.

Registration and Fees

Full payment must accompany all registrations. You may register online and pay with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card, or you may download a Registration Form and mail it to IPTM with a check.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Complete the Cancellation Request Form and return it to IPTM. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. A 20% administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds if the cancellation request is received within 14 days of the course start date. In lieu of a refund, student substitutions can be made or a credit can be issued for a future course. No refunds will be given for no-shows. If materials for an online course were sent to the student, the appropriate materials and shipping costs will be deducted from the refund amount. Materials may be returned to IPTM in their original condition at the student's expense. Once IPTM has received and inspected them, the refund will be processed.

Due to the automated format of online independent study courses and Videos on Demand (VoDs), no refunds or substitutions can be made after registration.

Course Confirmations

A minimum number of registrations must be received for an in-person class to run as scheduled. When the minimum criterion has been met, written confirmation will be emailed to you. Please do not travel or make airline reservations until you receive written notification confirming that the course will run as scheduled.

Transportation and Lodging

Most locations are served by several major airlines. Ground transportation, food and lodging are the responsibility of the student. Special rates have been negotiated at select hotels in Jacksonville for IPTM students. For more information, please visit our Locations/Lodging page or call us at (904) 620-4786.