S Lynn (robling_t) wrote in little_details,
S Lynn

ballistics identification and consequences, contemporary UK

{sigh} Once again my Muse has set me up with a scenario too specific to Google that hasn't really been covered by the tagged entries here...

The setting is the contemporary United Kingdom in more or less the Real World, specific jurisdiction south Wales. Character A is appropriately licenced to operate a handgun by virtue of his special-ops-unit employment. One morning character B, a mate of A's, turns up at A&E with non-life-threatening gunshot injuries. B alleges to the attending physician that these injuries are the result of a home invasion scenario in which he did not see the other party well enough for any sort of identification.

  • When A&E digs the bullet(s) out of B, what procedures to identify the gun used would be set into motion under the UK's systems (I'm assuming A&E would be required to report this incident but dunno to whom specifically or within what timeframe/degree of urgency this would take place, especially for a non-lethal incident), and how long would it take to trace this bullet(s) back to A's gun? (I am picturing that because the weapon is officially registered in some way that this information may be readily available on file with someone somewhere, but one doesn't want to rely on all that CSI bollocks of "twenty minutes later"...) And would these procedures be expedited in any way due to the relative rarity of gun crime in the UK, or because B is himself a police officer (and therefore a possible priority target for god-knows-what sorts of violent mischief or terrorism, which may be a general threat that needs addressing quickly)?

  • Once the gun is traced to A, who happens to have an airtight alibi for both himself and the gun at the time of the shooting, would B be able to demur with a "erm, yeah, didn't want to admit we were arsing around, can we just drop this" declaration, or is the Crown going to be involved at this point RE further enquiries and charges? (Would B's status as a constable give him more power to get A off the hook here, or less? B has at least one disciplinary blot on his record...)

  • Unbeknownst to A throughout all of this, the real problem is that B is a werewolf. He's trying not to blow his own cover or interfere with A's job, but now he realises that it's very likely that they have about 27 days before they're both going to have to go on the furry lam, because A's alibi for that night, although not in so many words, is "I was fighting off a damn werewolf" and he has been passing off his own injuries as the result of an incident with an offender on the special-ops job. Regarding the timeline of any investigation that would have been triggered when B presented at hospital, are they looking at having to break A out of some sort of official custody scenario at a point four weeks after the initial incident? (This is not actually a problem for them, vis a vis their available resources, just need to know RE the staging.)

  • (Oh, and point 4, which is more of a "now that I'm asking this would be interesting to know" tangent so far as this specific story is concerned, but -- how the hell much trouble is A in?)

At this point I am not necessarily married to getting far enough into an investigation that A is under serious question, for purposes of the story at hand, but at minimum it would be helpful to know if it would be realistic to have worked out the provenance of the bullet to at least some level of strong suspicion within one month. {goes off to smack Muse around for coming up with these things...}
Tags: ~weapons: firearms

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