Expertise

Police Shootings
Homicides/Suicides
Crime Scenes
Reaction Time
Time & Motion Elements
Gunshot Wounds
Impact/Entry Angle
Gunshot Distance Analysis
Catastrophic failures
Shooting Reconstruction
Tool mark Identification
Firearms Testing
Involuntary/inadvertent discharge
Ballistics calculations
Trajectory & Drag Models
Velocity, Drop, Kinetic Energy
Hunting & Firearms Safety

Experience

Commander - State Police Ballistics.
Member - Firearms Review Board.
52+ years firearms.
35+ years forensic ballistics.
US Army Ordnance & Small Arms
Daubert/Frye Consultation.
Criminal, Civil, Appellate.
Capital Murder Consultation
Accidental/Involuntary Discharges.
Microscopic Tool marks Comparison.
Testified 300+ times.
Cases in over 45 U.S.states, Iraq, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Canada, Virgin Islands, Israel, Philippines, UK, Haiti, Pakistan

Clients

Attorneys
Criminal & Civil Cases
U.S. Attorney's Office
U.S. Military
OCAC
Scholars
Authors
Private Individuals
Insurance Companies
Innocence Projects
Citizen Groups
Elected Officials
Forensic Students
Engineers/Architects

CV

Expanded CV in .DOC or .PDF format here: Ronald Scott - Curriculum Vitae

Formal and Informal Education:

• 1993 – Total Quality Management Program – MSP Academy, New Braintree, MA
• 1991 – Contemporary Liability Issues for Modern Police Agencies, Springfield, MA.
• 1991 - Master of Science in Management, Lesley College, Cambridge, MA.
• 1991 – Smith & Wesson Academy, Contemporary Firearms Issues, Springfield, MA.
• 1982 - Master of Business Administration, 1 year of study in Macroeconomics, Analysis and Policy, Salem State College, Salem, MA.
• 1981 – MIT Leadership Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
• 1981 – Forensic Examination (Medico-Legal) of Violent Death, Babson College, Wellesley, MA.
• 1981 - Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA.
• 1980 - B.S Cum Laude, Law Enforcement, Northeastern University, Boston, MA.
• 1980 – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms, Firearms Investigation Techniques, Boston, MA.
• 1979 - Graduate Study Criminal Justice, American International College, Springfield, MA.
• 1978 – Associate in Science, North Shore Community College, Beverly, MA.
• 1973 – Massachusetts State Police School of Handguns, Achievement Grade “Master”.
• 1973 – Graduate of the Massachusetts State Police Academy (17 weeks curriculum)
• 1969 – 1970 Mechanical Engineering in HVAC, Raisler Corp., Boston, MA.
• 1967 - 1969 Accounting & Finance, Bentley College, Waltham, MA.
• 1966 – 1969 Mechanical Engineering Apprentice Program, GE, Lynn, MA.

Expert Testimony or Significant Casework Venues:

International: •Afghanistan •Canada •Iraq •Israel •Nigeria •Philippines •United Kingdom

National: Approximately 33 states within the U.S. including multi-cases in several individual states.

Innocence Projects: Medill (Northwestern University), Northern Arizona, Downstate Illinois

Expertise:

• Police shootings
• Shooting reconstruction
• Crime scenes
• Shooting dynamics
• Daubert/Frye
• Tool mark macroscopy
• Reaction time
• Firearms safety
• Gunshot wounds
• Theory of Identification
• Velocity testing
• Drag model analysis
• Chamber pressure
• Hunting protocol
• Defective design
• Time – Speed – Distance (moving vehicles)
• Catastrophic failures
• Kinetic energy calculations
• Gyroscopic stability
• Macro measuring digital/mechanical instrumentation
• Photomacrographs
• Training
• Bullet Drop – Path – Lead
• SmartDraw and/or PowerPoint
• Wind deflection and diagramming
• Modified, improvised, full-auto conversions

Police Shootings:

Review and reconstruction of shooting incidents against, or by, police officers.

Gunshot Wound Ballistics:

Trained extensively with Drs. George Katsas (Chief Medical Examiner of Suffolk County) and Albert Shub (Medical Examiner of Essex County), attended numerous presentations by Drs. Vincent DiMaio, Martin Fackler, and George Katsas.

Made presentations at medical symposiums in MA and NH.

Conducted, supervised, reviewed, or assisted at hundreds of fatal/non-fatal gunshot incidents including wound ballistics interpretation prior to the institution of the modern Medical Examiner system.

Specialized Firearms Training:

Armorer courses and/or actual familiarization with manufacturing, design, function at factories for:

• Beretta • Marlin • Sturm Ruger
• Browning • Mossberg • Smith & Wesson*
• Colt • Remington • Thompson Center Arms
• Dan Wesson • Sig-Sauer* • Winchester
• Glock* • Saco-Maremont • Iver Johnson
• Ithaca • Savage Arms • Gunsmithing

*Indicates the law enforcement armorer course.

Gunsmith training 1980 - 1985, Butch Brochu, Beverly, MA.

U.S. Army:

• Fort Gordon, GA
• Fort Benning, GA
• Fort Dix, NJ
• US Army Ordnance School, Ft. Dix, NJ
• US Army Small Arms Repair School, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
• Aberdeen Proving Ground: ammunition, trajectory, chamber pressure testing; prototypes.
• 2 ½ years with 40th Ordnance Co. researching development of Eastern Bloc weapons.
• Company armorer .50 Cal MG, .45 ACP, M14 and M14A1 Rifles, Thompson .45 ACP.
• Crew chief .50 caliber M2 Browning HB Machine Gun.

Ballistics & Weapons Training/Experience 1973 – present:

• Massachusetts State Police Ballistics Section – Commander
• Massachusetts State Police – STOP Team weapons familiarization
• MSP Academy & Department Annual Firearms Training (over 300 hours)
• US Army Natick Research Lab – Ballistic Materials Research
• US Army Watertown Arsenal
• Ft. Devens Special Warfare Weapons Center
• Association of Firearms and Toolmark Examiners
• IHMSA – Professional Shooting Competition and Firearms Development
• Ammunition reloading and propellant burn rates
• Camp Curtis Guild
• Camp Edwards
• Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms Training Course
• MA Criminal Justice Training Council
• Continuing research through readings, casework, attendance at scientific meetings

Lectures and Presentations:

Harvard University Massachusetts State Police Academy
Northeastern University Municipal Police Academy
Boston University MDC Police Academy
District Attorney Seminars/Conferences Metro Boston Emergency Medical System
American Academy of Forensic Sciences Sportsman’s Clubs (Firearms & Hunter Safety)

Personal Experience:

• Extensive reloading familiarization • Built/customized numerous firearms
• Professional shooting awards • Chamber pressure trace testing
• Barrel performance • Long-range trajectory testing
• Ammunition penetration tests • Improvised firearms
• Collector & Federal Firearms Dealer • Destructive testing

I choose not to engage in written publications.

MASSACHUSETTS STATE POLICE 1973 -1998:

1973 – 1979 Field Operations: Criminal/Traffic Investigations, Logan Airport Delta crash, Boston Busing enforcement, State Prisons, Senior Trooper on 6-Officer Selective Enforcement “55 Team”; Presidential security, Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant, sporting events, crisis response, major traffic incidents, local police assistance, Executive Security, criminal investigations, crime scenes, and special assignments.

1979 – 1992: Ballistics Section: Commanding Officer of two labs, trained 5 additional firearms experts. Conducted forensic investigations statewide and out-of-state. Combined labs averaged 1500-2000 cases annually for fatal, non-fatal, accidental, defective design, malfunctions, voluntary/involuntary, toolmarks, gunshot distance determination, trajectory, crime scenes, shooting reconstruction, firearms safety, ballistics, police procedures. Conducted agency transitional firearms testing 1987-88. Member of Firearms Review Board.

1992: Shift Commander: General Headquarters Operations Section. Supervised statewide troop operations, 911 system, special investigations.

1992 – 1995: Shift Commander: Troop “H”. Supervised 4 barracks covering metropolitan Boston Special advisor on the Consolidation of Police Forces. Training Coordinator for new Officers.

1995: Shift Commander: Troop “A”. Supervised 6 barracks responsible for northeast quadrant of the state. Training Coordinator for new Officers.

1995 – 1997: Commanding Officer-Revere Barracks: Municipal oriented policing operation with 65 officers; covering cities of Lynn, Nahant, Chelsea, E. Boston, Winthrop, Revere. Worked with local police on gang activities. Specialized units included motorcycles, off-road and beach patrol. Primary jurisdiction on state and MDC beaches, parks, road and waterways.

1997: Shift Commander: Troop “A”. Supervised 6 barracks responsible for northeast quadrant of the state. Training Coordinator for new Officers.

1997-1998: Staff Inspector: Conducted investigations involving ethics, misconduct, use of force, shooting investigations, audits of drugs, cash, evidence, contraband, and special investigations. Reported directly to Superintendent/Colonel of State Police.

1967-1973:

· Jet engine fabrication, assembly, and inspection, Apprentice Program for Mechanical Engineering, General Electric Co, Lynn, MA.

· Apprentice in Mechanical Engineering (on-site) for Raisler-Lappin Corp., A Joint Venture, at the NEMNB 37-story office building, Boston, MA.

· Senior accountant and auditor, O.C. Moyer & Co, CPA’s, Boston, MA.

· Senior auditor and accountant at B&L Management, a capital venture, investment, and manager of land development and nursing homes, Somerville, MA.

Professional Organizations and Societies:

● American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS).
● International Association for Identification (IAI)
● Association of Firearms and Toolmark Examiners (Former mem. per by-laws.
● American Society of Criminology (ASC)
● NRA – Life Member
● Sigma Epsilon Rho Honor Society

Ballistics Evidence

The lack of evidence can be as important as the abundance of evidence in proving or disproving a set of facts or version of events.

Scientific Method

Use of generally accepted protocols and standards able to withstand a Daubert Challenge.

Quality Results

Nothing will be overlooked, no stone will be left unturned.