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MUZZLE STAMP

Officer Gonzales, with his gun in his right hand, ran right up to Michael Bell, put his left hand on Michael’s head, placed the muzzle against the right side of Michael’s head, and pulled the trigger. During the autopsy, the forensic examiner observed a “muzzle stamp,” an imprint of the gun muzzle, on the skin surrounding the entrance wound on the right side of Michael’s head.

Using a scaled overlay drawing of the muzzle of a Smith and Wesson Model 4096, .45 caliber, the type of weapon used to kill Michael, the medical examiner found that it matched the entrance wound of the muzzle stamp on the right side of Michael’s head.