OC Crime Lab Goes 3D

The Orange County Crime lab is going 3D. It's not movies they are watching, but patterns on bullets - casings and actual bullets from crime scenes in cold cases all over the county.

It is the first crime lab using the system, and now they have their first "hit".

A gun found at a November 22nd crimes scene in Anaheim has now been linked to two other shootings on November 13th and April 8th 2014.

"It's really exciting!" says senior forensic scientist Tara Hayes, explaining that they generally have to spend quite a bit of time comparing bullets, looking through a microscope. Now, the scan is completed rather quickly, and more important, the data base comparison does not need as many marks or striations on the bullet to get a hit. "You could have a partial bullet, or much less of its surface, and the clearer 3D imaging will find a match, where it wouldn't have been able to with lower resolution, 2 dimensional images "says the Director of the Crime Lab, Bruce Houlihan.

The laboratory is working on other bullets from different Orange County law enforcement agencies, hoping that if any cases are related, they will be able to realize that even faster.

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