Shooting Incidents

Knott Laboratory reconstructs shooting incidents to assess whether reported observations were consistent with physical evidence.


Whether it is police body worn cameras, cruiser cams, helicopter footage, surveillance cameras, or smart phone cameras, more and more shooting incidents are being captured on video. Our forensic experts use the latest technologies and the science of photogrammetry to analyze these types of videos and extract the evidence they contain to reconstruct shooting incidents.

By combining the technologies of high-definition laser scanning and photo-scanning using drone aerial imagery, our experts are able to comprehensively capture a shooting scene and document all available evidence, with a high degree of accuracy, creating a 3D virtual model (point cloud) of the scene.

Our experts then use this point cloud model together with scientifically validated photogrammetric software to analyze the evidence depicted in the video and determine the position, orientation, speed, acceleration of vehicles, pedestrians and other objects within the shooting scene.

Publications List

The experts at Knott Laboratory have been published in many engineering journals. While most of these essays are quite detailed, these short abstracts express a summary of the overall papers that were published.

Forensic Engineering Techniques to Reconstruct Shooting Incidents

Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers
June 2001

Forensic Engineering Use of Computer Animation and Graphics

Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers
December, 2006

Newest Trends in Accident Reconstruction

The Lawyer’s LogBook, Vol. 2, No. 5
2013

Newest Technologies Utilized in the Reconstruction of an Officer Involved Shooting Incident

Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers
June 2016

Experts in the Field

Our forensic engineers are experts in accident reconstruction, failure analysis and cause & origin. Our forensic engineers work directly with our in-house animation department to create state-of-the-art forensic animations for use in court, arbitration, mediation or settlement negotiations.

Richard M. Ziernicki, Ph.D., P.E., DFE

President & CEO, Principal Mechanical Engineer

(303) 925-1900
rziernicki@knottlab.com

Steve D. Knapp, P.E., CFEI, CVFI

Senior Engineer

(303) 925-1900
sknapp@knottlab.com

William H. Pierce, P.E.

Manager, Mechanical Engineering

(303) 925-1900
wpierce@knottlab.com

Ricky L. Nguyen, M.S., P.E.

Senior Engineer

(303) 925-1900
rnguyen@knottlab.com

David C. Neidig, B.Sc.

Engineer

303-925-1900
dneidig@knottlab.com

Henry “Hank” V. Mowry, P.E., CFEI

Senior Engineer

303-925-1900
hmowry@knottlab.com

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Since 1982, Knott Laboratory has been providing comprehensive forensic engineering and computer animation services to reconstruct accidents.

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