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Richard Ernest
Lab Director
6058 East Lancaster Ave.
Fort Worth TX 76112
USA
phone: 817-228-6526
Richard Ernest is an award winning Forensic Scientist and Consultant who has over 31 years of Experience in Analytical Criminalistics and Forensic Ballistics. During his career he has worked literally thousands of forensic cases, and testified hundreds of times. Mr. Ernest is one of a very few private forensic ballistics consultants in the United States. He also owns and operates his own independent forensic firearms laboratory. He has worked cases all across the United States. His clients include law enforcement agencies, district attorney's offices, civil and criminal case lawyers, private individuals, journalists, writers, educators and students.

Mr. Ernest has performed work on such notable cases as the Atlanta Murdered and Missing Children (Georgia vs. Wayne Williams), the Branch Davidian cases from Waco, the Texas Cadets Murder (Texas vs. David Graham and Dianne Zamora), the Miami SWAT case (USA vs. Acuna, et. al. - the Richard Brown case), and the Jayson Williams case (NJ vs. Jayson Williams).

Areas of Expertise:
  • Firearm Examination and Testing
  • Bullet and Cartridge Case Examinations and Comparisons
  • Ammunition Evaluation and Testing
  • Shooting Scene Reconstructions
  • Shooting Accident Reconstructions
  • Shooting Scene Re-enactments
  • Distance Determinations from Gunshot Wounds and Clothing
  • Gunshot Residue Analysis (GSR) and GSR Consultation
  • Tool Mark Examinations and Comparisons
  • Gun Safety and Design Issues
  • Serial Number Restorations
  • Crime Scene Examinations and Consultations
  • Footwear Identification
  • Tire Track Identification
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    Steven Howard
    Investigator / Consultant
    209 N. Walnut, Upper Level
    Lansing MI 48933
    USA
    phone: 517-374-9000
    fax: 517-374-9001 or Alt Fax- 517-703-1988
    Steven Howard provides a wide range of Consulting and Expert Witness Services to the legal professional in an ample variety of Firearms, Ammunition, Knives, Blades, Explosive Devices and many other related subjects. His Primary Area of Experience is Gunsmithing and Certified Public Armorer. Mr. Howard has a college degree in Gunsmithing and is a licensed attorney in the state of Michigan. He is a former Federal Agent with the U.S. Border Patrol and a former Federal Police Officer with the Department of Defense. He has 35 years of Gunsmithing experience and is a Certified Police Armorer.

    Services Include:
  • All Standard Firearms
  • Almost all Machine Guns
  • Silencers
  • Ammunition
  • Testing
  • Shooting Scene Reconstruction
  • Crime Scene Reconstruction
  • Spears
  • Knives
  • Explosive Devices
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    Francis T. "Jay" Jarvis
    Forensic Scientist
    PO Box 116
    Armuchee GA 30105
    USA
    phone: 706-331-9971
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    Francis T. "Jay" Jarvis has over 30 years of experience as a Forensic Scientist, specializing in Forensic Ballistics and Firearms Analysis.

    During his 32 plus year career, Mr. Jarvis either performed casework in or was a supervisor for most of the forensic disciplines. Between 1982 and 1997, he wore a multitude of hats, performing casework in:
    • Firearms and Tool Marks
    • Hair
    • Fibers
    • Glass Comparisons
    • Footwear Tread Examinations
    • Tire Tread Examinations
  • Fire Debris and Explosives Analysis
  • Latent Fingerprint Processing
  • Marijuana Identification
  • Presumptive Blood Testing
  • Crime Scene Analysis
  • Filament Analysis
  • Following his retirement from the Georgia State Crime Lab, Jay Jarvis started Arma Forensics to provide personalized, timely and unbiased forensic services for clients. He has testified as an expert in Federal Court and the courts of Georgia and several other states over 750 times. Mr. Jarvis' specialty is firearms identification and ballistics but he also has casework experience in trace evidence.

    Mr. Jarvis has extensive experience in crime laboratory accreditation, having served as an accreditation assessor and as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB), including one year as the Board Chair.

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    Jay Jarvis
    Georgia’s Crime Doctor is the story of Dr. Herman Jones, the Alabama native who is responsible for establishing the Georgia State Crime Laboratory. Tracing the steps of Jones and his wife June back to Auburn in the 1930’s, this book chronicles the people, places and events which shaped modern day forensic science in the state of Georgia.
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    Steven D. Ashley, MS, MLS, MFCI, MUFI, ARM-P, CLS2
    Risk Management Professional, Criminal Justice Trainer
    Monroe MI USA
    phone: 517-548-2275
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    Steve Ashley Law Enforcement Expert PhotoSteven D. Ashley has over 40 years of experience in Law Enforcement. As a researcher, his primary area of interest is the Use of Force and Control by Police, with an emphasis on Non-lethal Control Methods and Implements.

    Mr. Ashley has earned and received certification as a Force Science Analyst (Force Science Institute®), a Master Use of Force Instructor (Smith and Wesson Academy®), a Master Force and Control Instructor (Police Policy Studies Council®), a TASER® Senior Master Instructor (TASER International), and an Associate in Risk Management – Public Entities (Insurance Institute of America®). He has attended over 5,700 hours of advanced police training.

    In addition to his 15 years as a full-time, sworn, law enforcement officer, and 12 years as a full-time risk management professional, Mr. Ashley has been a criminal justice trainer for more than 40 years, and has trained thousands of officers, trainers, and managers in police subjects, including Firearms, Driving, Radar, Chemical Munitions, TASER, and Defensive Tactics. A prolific author, writing often for both print and on-line publications, he is a frequent, invited presenter at national and international law enforcement conferences. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at several Michigan colleges, and at the Smith and Wesson Academy.

    Litigation Support - Steven Ashley has worked as a law enforcement expert witness since 1995, consulting on over 150 cases, and testifying in many. He specializes in use of force, motor vehicle operation, arrest practices and police & corrections procedural issues. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Litigation Support Services:
    • Police Use of Force Consultation
    • Jail & Security Assessments
    • Liability Claims Assistance
    • Public Safety Loss Control
    • Law Enforcement Training
    • Police Procedural Review
    • Information & Research
    • Supervisory Audits
    • Trial Consultation
    • Jury Assistance
  • Police Pursuit Driving Case Analysis
  • Applicant Screening & Assessment
  • Police Deadly Force Consultation
  • Law Enforcement Risk Control
  • Employment Practices Review
  • Policy Review & Development
  • Municipal Risk Management
  • Private Security Audits
  • Firearms and Shooting Case Review
  • Arrest & Custody Practices Analysis
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    Donald R. Schuessler, MS
    Physical Evidence Consultant
    PO Box 8528
    Coburg OR 97408
    USA
    phone: 541-517-0397
    Donald R. Schuessler, MS is a Physical Evidence and Certified Bloodstain Pattern Examiner. He has been working in Forensic Evidence Evaluation and Crime Scene Investigation since 1978. His previous work for the Eugene Police Department and as a Deputy Medical Examiner provide a broad base of experience and knowledge useful to both the defense and prosecution and have contributed to many successful case resolutions.

    The only certified examiner in the state of Oregon, Mr. Schuessler provides expert witness testimony throughout the Pacific Northwest. He has given expert opinion testimony in the state courts of Oregon, Washington, California, Utah and federal courts in Oregon and Washington. He also provides consultations and case review in Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Idaho, New Jersey, Ohio, and Arizona.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Crime Scene Reconstruction
    • Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
    • Latent Print Identification
    • Shooting Reconstruction - Bullet Flight Path
    • Footwear Impression Identification
    • Death Investigation
  • Serial Number Restoration
  • Firearms Operation Identification
  • Presumptive Blood Test
  • Marijuana Identification
  • Digital Photography
  • Evidence Integrity / Chain of Custody Procedure
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    Daniel G. O'Kelly
    PO Box 338
    Lake Dallas TX 75065
    USA
    phone: 813-422-4674
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    Daniel O'Kelly Firearms Expert PhotoDaniel G. O'Kelly has over 40 years of experience as a range instructor, a builder, and collector of Firearms and Ammunition. Mr. O'Kelly is currently Director at the International Firearm Specialist Academy (IFSA), a guild of award winning experts, former Federal Agents, Investigators, Police Officers, and Medical Doctors, in the firearm and forensics field.

    Background Experience - An Armorer for thirteen gun companies, including Beretta, Colt, DS Arms, FN, Glock, H&K, Kimber, Remington, Ruger, SIG, S&W, and Springfield Armory, Mr. O'Kelly has toured and done research at numerous firearm and ammunition factories and firearm reference collections across the U.S., Europe, and Africa. He regularly presents seminars worldwide on firearm enforcement, ID & technology, and ammunition to law enforcement and the firearm industry. Mr. O'Kelly served for 11 years as a Police Officer and for 23 years as a Special Agent for the Bureau of ATF where he was Lead Instructor of Firearm Technology at the ATF National Academy

    Litigation Support - Daniel O'Kelly has provided litigation support as an Expert Firearm Witness in federal court since 1990. He has testified in numerous trials for over 30 years and has been lauded as an "unshakable witness". A qualified Subject Matter Expert with exceptional knowledge in firearms and investigative protocol, he is recognized as the “go to” person regarding technical firearm issues.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Firearms
    • Firearm Forensics
    • Tool Marks
    • Firearm ID & Comparisons
    • Ammunition
    • Firearms Product Liability
  • Shooting Accidents
  • Crime Scene Reconstructions
  • Forensic Pathology
  • ATF Compliance / Firearm Technology
  • Gunshot Residues & Distance Determinations
  • Ballistics Issues
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    Craig R. Sawyer
    Firearms Expert
    Tucson AZ 85704
    USA
    phone: 520-390-2307
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    Craig W. Sawyer is a Ballistics and Firearms specialist with decades of experience serving as a Marine veteran, former Navy SEAL, sniper, and combat instructor.

    Mr. Sawyer began his military career with the U.S. Marine Corps, but switched to the U.S. Navy to pursue a career in special operations as a Navy SEAL graduating from the Basic Underwater Demolition (BUD)/Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) training class 149 and serving in SEAL Team ONE. He then went on to the Naval Special Warfare Development Group.

    After his military career, Mr. Sawyer has run specialized teams to provide security to politicians and dignitaries including Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Donald Rumsfeld, and John Negroponte. He also serves as a leading on-air consultant for media outlets including CNN, Fox News, CBS Evening News, MSNBC w/the Director of the CIA, The Today Show, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Fox & Friends, and many others.

    Litigation Support - Throughout his career, Mr. Sawyer has become an expert in several military and combat disciplines like shooting; counter-terrorism; surveillance and counter-surveillance; climbing; criminal investigation; parachuting; and hand-to-hand combat, among others.

    He currently provides Ballistics and Forearms expertise to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. He has served as an Expert Witness and Consultant on capital murder cases in Arizona and Alaska, including testimony from the witness stand in the courtroom.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Gun Accidents
    • Firearms Safety
    • Gun Handling Procedures
    • Ejection Patterns - Trajectory
    • Proximity Testing
    • Gunshot Evidence
    • Special Operations
  • Homicide
  • Police Use of Force
  • Self-Defense
  • Small Arms
  • Rifles
  • Pistols
  • Machine Guns
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    Emanuel Kapelsohn, JD
    President
    1771 Creekview Dr.
    Fogelsville PA 18051
    USA
    phone: 484-504-1345 or (c) 610-360-7053
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    Emanuel Kapelsohn is an internationally recognized Firearms Training and Use of Force consultant who has instructed thousands of police and security officers, federal agents and others throughout the U.S. and abroad since 1980.

    A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, he is a practicing attorney in addition to his consulting work. A vice president of the Internat’l Assoc. of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, he is a certified in force science and shooting scene reconstruction, and as an instructor in numerous law enforcement disciplines. He is a featured presenter at national and international instructor conferences.

    Mr. Kapelsohn has authored over 130 published articles, is Associate Editor of "Standards & Practices Guide for Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors," and principal author of "Firearms Training Standards for Law Enforcement Personnel," and "Guidelines for Simulation Training Safety."

    He testifies as an expert witness in civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts nationwide, and has testified by invitation before both houses of Congress.

    Testimony on the Following Subjects:
    • Gun Accidents
    • Firearms Safety
    • Gun Handling Procedures
    • Gun Storage
    • Firearms Design
    • Operability
    • Trajectories
    • Velocities
    • Ballistics
    • Ejection Patterns - Ricochets
    • Proximity Testing
    • Gunshot Evidence
  • Bullet Wounds
  • Reconstruction of Shooting Scenes
  • Bullet Penetration
  • Shooting Range Safety
  • Hunting Accidents
  • Holsters and other Shooting Products
  • Self Defense
  • Knives and other Weapons
  • Involuntary Muscular Contraction and Accidental Discharge
  • Police and Security Firearms Training
  • Tactics and Procedures
  • Use of Force
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    Emanuel Kapelsohn (Principal Author)
    This manual is designed to address and hopefully reduce, the tragic incidents of officer deaths in recent years which have occurred in role-playing and force-on-force training exercises. These are the most authoritative source of guidance available on simulation training safety.
    Emanuel Kapelsohn
    A guide to help every Police Agency set up and maintain a firearms program with suggestions on training and standards officers should be able to obtain.
    Emanuel Kapelsohn (Assoc. Ed.)
    This book is a must for any firearms program. As an outline of relevant knowledge for law enforcement firearms instructors, this Reference Guide is more than just a glossary of terms; besides a guide to nomenclature, it is an index to professional standards and practices, whose dissemination is at the heart of IALEFI's mission. It has three complementary functions, combining features of a glossary or dictionary, an encyclopedia, and a handbook.