HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION CASE FILE PROFILE
THE LOS ANGELES POLICE
DEPARTMENT MURDER BOOK
National Resource and Technical Assistance Center
for Improving Law Enforcement Investigations
FEBRUARY 2018
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Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................1
PURPOSE ........................................................................................................................1
BACKGROUND ..............................................................................................................1
MURDER BOOK DEVELOPMENT ................................................................................2
MURDER BOOK CASE FILE SECTIONS .....................................................................3
APPENDICES .................................................................................................................8
APPENDIX 1:
MURDER BOOK COVER PAGE AND TABLE OF CONTENTS TEMPLATE ..............................8
APPENDIX 2: CHRONOLOGICAL RECORD ..............................................................................10
APPENDIX 2a: CHRONOLOGICAL RECORD TEMPLATE ......................................................12
APPENDIX 3: CRIME SCENE LOG TEMPLATE ........................................................................15
APPENDIX 4: CRIME REPORT ................................................................................................... 18
APPENDIX 4a: CRIME REPORT TEMPLATE ............................................................................21
APPENDIX 5: DEATH REPORT ................................................................................................... 25
APPENDIX 5a: DEATH REPORT TEMPLATE ............................................................................27
APPENDIX 6: FOLLOW-UP REPORT(S) ....................................................................................30
APPENDIX 6a: FOLLOW-UP REPORT(S) TEMPLATE .............................................................35
INTRODUCTION
Many police departments — especially those that are small, that do not have much experience
investigating homicides, or that struggle for adequate resources — do not have a standardized case file
structure for their homicide investigations. Instead, a large folder, accordion file, box, or plastic storage
bin, with little to no organization or uniformity, is oftentimes used to house investigative documents. This
type of unstructured case file system limits the accessibility of key case investigative documents and
compromises the efficiency and effectiveness of the investigation and potential prosecution.
In the early 1980s, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) recognized this deficiency in their
organization and developed a homicide investigation case file structure, entitled the Murder Book, to bring
organization and standardization to homicide case files. The uniform structure of the Murder Book allows
anyone involved in a homicide investigation, including other detectives, supervisors, and prosecutors, to
review and locate key investigative reports, photos, and other materials in a standard way. As a result
of utilizing the Murder Book, LAPD homicide detectives are able to more effectively manage their heavy
investigative caseload.
PURPOSE
The LAPD Murder Book is an example of a case file structure that can be adapted and customized by
agencies seeking to implement a case file management structure. The Murder Book case file structure has
been used successfully by LAPD for nearly four decades. It ensures proper documentation of a homicide
investigation, facilitates effective case supervision, meets the needs of prosecutors for successful
prosecution, and supports a cold case investigation should the case be reinvestigated.
This profile of the LAPD’s Murder Book outlines the overall construction of an LAPD homicide investigation
case file and details the contents of each section of the book. Examples of documents often contained
within the Murder Book are provided. The structure can be utilized in either a hard-copy format (case
binder) or replicated in a digital case management system. Some of the Murder Book’s sections can also be
applied to organize nonfatal shooting investigation case files.
BACKGROUND
This profile of the Murder Book draws on the experience of Detective John Skaggs (Ret), who retired in
June 2017 after serving more than 30 years with the LAPD. Detective Skaggs spent over 23 years assigned
to homicide investigations, was the lead detective on 165 homicide investigations, and directly supervised
more than 200 homicide investigations. During the course of his career, Detective Skaggs amassed a wealth
of knowledge pertaining to homicide investigation case file management and the critical components of
successful homicide prosecutions.
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Detective Skaggs has conducted numerous homicide unit assessments and extensive reviews of homicide
case files, and has conducted homicide investigation trainings throughout the U.S. Based on his experience
investigating and supervising homicide investigations and assessing homicide units, Detective Skaggs
developed and further refined the Murder Book case file management structure used by the LAPD and
several other high-performing homicide units.
MURDER BOOK DEVELOPMENT
Every homicide investigation requires the compilation and maintenance of a structured case file, either in
electronic or hard-copy format. Utilizing and maintaining an all-inclusive investigation case file structure is
a proven best practice that can ensure an investigation is properly documented and facilitate proper case
management, supervision, and prosecution.
If a homicide investigation is conducted under one case number, then there should only be one Murder
Book. For example, if the homicide investigation involved multiple victims but is listed under one case
number, then there should only be one Murder Book.
The Murder Book case file consists of a three-ring binder, which contains all case-related materials outlined in
the sections below. Case file dividers correspond to a Table of Contents with indices numbered 1 through 28.
The indices correspond to topic headings within the Table of Contents and should be used to contain reports,
photographs, notes, and any other information pertaining to that topic.
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NOTE: A homicide investigation case file is discoverable, meaning its contents
may have to be turned over to defense counsel during pre-trial proceedings. When
a suspect is arrested and charged, a copy of the case file (in a binder) shall be
provided to the prosecutor assigned to the case upon request.
MURDER BOOK CASE FILE SECTIONS
The following lists each section of the LAPD Murder Book case file and provides a brief description of the
content of each section.
Table of Contents (see appendix 1)
Section 1 Chronological Record
This form documents, in summary form, the chronological record of the investigation, recording
the date and time of the entry, as well as the name of the detective who authored the entry.
All homicide investigations should contain a chronological record of events that document
advancement in the investigation and information needed for future investigation. It should
provide a brief description of the detective’s actions, what was investigated, and what may
need to be further investigated at a later time. It should reference where in the Murder
Book a report or notes that further explain the event or issue can be found. The reader of
the chronological record should be able to understand how the investigation progressed
(see appendix 2).
Section 2 Crime Scene Log
All investigations should have a crime scene log that documents all personnel present at the
crime scene who enter the area not accessible to the public. The report should document the
personnel, their names and identification numbers, time of arrival and departure, and their
duties performed at the scene. The crime scene log should identify the name of the officer who
maintained and completed the crime scene log (see appendix 3).
Section 3 Crime Report
The crime report should be completed by the primary investigator. This report contains victim
information, witness information, a summary of their statements, and a synopsis of the crime,
including modus operandi. This report is also commonly referred to as a “24-hour” homicide
report (see appendix 4).
Section 4 Death Report
This section contains the death report (see appendix 5).
Many departments produce a death report for all deaths in their jurisdiction, whether it be
from natural causes, an accident, a suicide, traffic death, or homicide. On criminal homicide
deaths, a crime report and/or an incident report, as previously outlined, is also produced to
report the crime.
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Section 5 Property and Evidence Report(s)
This section contains all reports regarding the recovery and storage of property and
evidence (e.g., recovered property report, evidence report, and chain of custody reports).
Section 6 Crime Lab Report(s)
This section contains requests for laboratory examination of evidence and all reports
regarding the scientific analysis of evidence, including NIBIN, DNA, and latent prints
completed by any crime laboratory.
Section 7 Vehicle Report(s)
This section contains all vehicle reports pertaining to the investigation, including
photographs of the vehicle and motor vehicle computer printouts.
Section 8 Arrest Report(s)
All arrest reports generated from the investigation should be stored here, as well as any
prior arrest reports related to suspects, witnesses, and others who are involved in the
investigation. Subsections can be created to separate items related to specific individuals.
Section 9 Related Crime Report(s)
Crime reports related to victims, suspects, witnesses, and other individuals should be
gathered together here. Subsections can be created to separate items related to specific
individuals.
Section 10 Follow-up Report(s)
This section contains reports written by homicide detectives related to the current
investigation that are produced after the completion of the initial crime report. Generally,
a follow-up report is used by a detective to document investigative steps taken that are
important to the progress of the investigation.
One of the most important reasons to produce a follow-up report is to present a case
to the prosecutor’s office for charging a suspect. The follow-up report should include all
important developments in the case that support the request for charges on the particular
individual(s). Instead of verbally explaining a case to the prosecutor and supplying several
individual reports that may include witness’ statements, lab results, and descriptions of the
crime scene, a follow-up report would include all of this information in a single document.
Additionally, a best practice for homicide investigations is to complete a follow-up report
to document the status of an unsolved homicide investigation, required within 60 to
90 days after the murder. The report should include a summary of the crime, follow-up
activities performed by the investigator, the status of any scientific examinations, including
DNA or ballistic evidence, and a task list section (see appendix 6).
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Section 11 Victim(s) Information
This section contains all personal information regarding the victim(s), including their rap/
arrest sheet, Motor Vehicle Department information, photographs/mug shots, and other
computer-generated reports.
If there are multiple victims, a subdivider listing the victim’s name or designated letters
should be used.
Section 12 Suspect(s) Information
This section contains all personal information regarding the suspect(s), including their rap/
arrest sheet, Motor Vehicle Department information, photographs/mug shots, and other
computer-generated reports such as their use of social media.
If there are multiple suspects, a subdivider listing the suspect’s name or designated letters
should be used.
If a suspect is later eliminated as a suspect, their information should be removed and placed
in the appropriate section. For example, if they become a witness, their information should be
moved to the witness section. If they are eliminated as a suspect and have no other status in
the investigation, their information should be moved to the Eliminated Suspects section of the
Murder Book.
Section 13 Photo Line-ups
This section contains photographic arrays (6-packs) or single photographs used for conducting
sequential photo line-ups. The photographic admonition and any documents written and/or
signed by witnesses should be kept in this section.
Section 14 Witness List/Statements
A list of all witnesses should be kept at the front of this section. The list should include the
witness’ assigned witness number (if given one), name, address, phone number, and the
recording number if the interview was recorded. The witness’ statement report and/or notes
are stored in the section corresponding with their assigned witness number.
Section 15 Officer at Scene Reports/Notes
This section contains any reports, such as an initial patrol officer’s report or supplemental
reports and notes completed by officers who responded to the scene and performed essential
duties (e.g., a neighborhood canvass) or discovered important evidence or information. These
reports should detail the actions performed and the information or evidence discovered.
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Section 16 Crime Scene Notes/Diagrams
Investigators should document, in narrative form, the description of the crime scene, whether
it be exterior or interior. Additionally, a diagram should be completed that depicts the location
of the body, items of evidence, parked vehicles along with their descriptions and license
plate numbers, and any other items of interest. This section should also include diagrams
completed by officers or detectives at the scene and by crime lab personnel who create
handwritten diagrams or computer-aided crime scene diagrams.
Section 17 Crime Scene Photographs
All photographs taken during the crime scene investigation should be kept here. The photos
may be of the victim, the surrounding area, evidence, involved vehicles, witnesses, potential
witnesses, and suspects. At a minimum, proof sheets and CDs/thumb drives containing all
photos should be stored in this section.
Section 18 Ambulance/Medical Records
This section includes reports such as a paramedic run sheet produced by Emergency Medical
Technicians (EMT) who responded to the scene or reports from medical personnel at the
hospital, including relevant medical records. The location to which the victim was transported
or treated and the identity of medical personnel who recovered evidence (e.g., clothing from
the victim and/or suspect) should be stored in this section.
Section 19 Medical Examiner’s Report
All reports related to or produced by the Medical Examiner’s Office should be stored in this
section. Detectives should include diagrams and photographs of the decedent’s body and the
autopsy report.
Section 20 Communications
This section contains all teletypes, press releases, police bulletins, wanted flyers, newspaper
clippings, and agency-generated social media posts regarding the investigation.
Section 21 Search Warrants
All Search Warrants, the Return to Search Warrant, and related documents should be stored
in this section.
Section 22 Miscellaneous Notes
This section is reserved for general notes, such as canvassing notes, taken by detectives that
do not belong in any other section.
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Section 23 Miscellaneous Computer Runs
This section contains general computer runs such as Lexus/Nexus reports or Google queries
that are not required to be stored in any other section.
Section 24 Video/CCTV
This section contains video recordings, captured in and around the area of the crime scene.
Section 25 Eliminated Suspect(s)
Information on suspects that have been eliminated during the investigation should be kept here.
Sections 26-28    Additional Documents
Three extra sections at the back of the Murder Book give detectives a place to organize and
store any additional documents related to the case, such as the victim’s phone records, crime
scene tower dump records, social media posts, and the like.
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APPENDICES
Appendix 1: Murder Book Cover Page and Table of Contents Template
VICTIM’S NAME (LAST, FIRST)
DATE
SECTION SECTION
ASSIGNED DETECTIVE(S)
CASE NO.PRECINCT/AREA
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Chronological Record
2. Crime Scene Log
3. Crime Report
4. Death Report
5. Property and Evidence Report(s)
6. Crime Lab Report(s)
A. DNA
B. Latent Prints
C. Chain of Custody Records
7. Vehicle Report(s)
8. Arrest Report(s)
9. Related Crime Report(s)
10. Supplemental/Follow-up Report(s)
11. Victim(s) Information
A. Statements
B. Photographs
C. Background Information
D. Probation/Parole Status
E. Rap Sheet
12. Suspect(s) Information
A. Statements
B. Arrest Warrant
C. Photographs
D. Probation/Parole Status
E. Rap Sheet
13. Photo Line-ups
14. Witness List
A. Statements
15. Ofcer at Scene Reports/Notes
16. Crime Scene Notes/Diagrams
17. Crime Scene Photographs
18. Ambulance/Medical Records
19. Medical Examiners Report
20. Communications
A. Teletypes
B. Press Releases
C. Police Bulletins
D. Newspaper Clippings
21. Search Warrants
A. Cell Phone Records
22. Miscellaneous Notes
23. Miscellaneous Computer Runs
24. Video/CCTV
25. Eliminated Suspect(s)
26.
27.
28.
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APPENDICES
Appendix 2: Chronological Record
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CHRONOLOGICAL*RECORD&
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Notified&by&District&3&Watch&Commander,&Sgt.K.&Smith,&#2351,&of&murder&at&1130&S.&
Vermont&Avenue.&Unidentified&male&White&found&stabbed&to&death&on&bus&bench.&&
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0605&
Notified&my&partner,&Det.&R.&Jones,&#2352,&of&the&murder.&&Skaggs&
&
0700&
Jones&and&I&arrived&at&scene.&&Briefed&by&Patrol&Officer&A.&Randall,&#2722,&of&incident.&&
Sgt.&B.&Lee&#2723,&is&incident&commander.&&Skaggs&&&
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0720&
Located&Witness&Cindy&Davis.&&Stated&she&saw&victim,&who&she&knows&as&T-Bone,&a&
transient,&in&a&dispute&with&another&local&transient,&who&she&knows&as&Ace.&They&argued&
over&money&and&Ace&stabbed&T-Bone&in&chest.&Audio&recorded&tape&No.&34523.&&See&
statement&in&Sect&14.&&Skaggs&&
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0800&
Coroner&Investigator&T.&Pickens.&Arrived&at&scene.&&Rolled&prints&of&victim,&identified&as&
Carl&Lewis,&DOB&1-2-66.&&Crime&lab&Tech.&C.&Barling,&#2662,&at&scene.&&Completed&
photographs&of&scene&and&recovered&swabs&of&blood&drops.&&Skaggs&
&
0900&
Coroner&took&possession&of&body.&&Cleared&scene.&&Skaggs&
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1105&
Made&death&notification&to&Lewis’&family.&&Mother&Mary&Lewis,&1871&N.&Main&Street,&
Cell&555-1212.&&Stated&victim&told&her&last&week&he&was&having&problems&with&a&guy&
named&Ace,&over&drug&money.&&Audio&recorded&tape&#&34524.&&See&statement&Section&
14.&&Skaggs&
1-2-17&
0630&
Canvassed&crime&scene.&&Located&witness&Tom&Jones&transported&him&to&station.&&He&
said&he&was&at&bus&stop&yesterday&when&two&men&argued&over&money.&&Heard&victim&
say,&“leave&me&alone&Ace,”&then&suspect&stabbed&him.&&Audio&tape&#34525.&&See&
statement&in&section&#14.&&Skaggs&
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0900&
Received&anonymous&tip&on&homicide&main&phone&number.&Stated&Ace&stabbed&victim.&&
Knows&Ace&as&Adam&Rice&who&lives&in&alley&behind&Tommy’s&Liquor&Store&at&3
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/Main.&&
Conducted&computer&runs.&&Id&Adam&Rice,&DOB&5-6-66.&&State&ID&No.&001212134.&&
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0930&
Responded&to&Tommy’s&Liquor,&301&S.&Main&St.&Located&Rice&sleeping&in&alley.&&Made&PC&
arrest.&&During&pat&down&search,&Det&Jones&located&6”&folding&knife&in&his&pocket.&&
Skaggs&
&
1000&
Interviewed&Rice&at&station.&&Waived&Miranda.&Stated&he&stabbed&victim&in&self-defense.&&
He&“thought”&victim&may&have&had&a&knife&but&did&not&see&one.&&Video&tape&#34588.&&
See&statement&in&section&#12.&&Skaggs&
&
1200&
Met&with&witness&Davis&to&conduct&photo&show&up.&She&positively&ID&Rice&as&suspect&
from&6pack&#A.&&Met&with&witness&Jones&who&viewed&6pack&#A.&&Stated&#3(Rice)&“looked&
like&suspect&but&can’t&be&sure.”&&See&photo&ID&forms&in&section&#14.&&Audio&tape&#33342&
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1-3-17&
0830&
Presented&this&case&to&DA&L.&Shields.&Charged&Rice&with&Murder,&Case&#&TA98765.&&
Skaggs&
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APPENDICES
Appendix 2a: Chronological Record Template
CHRONOLOGICAL RECORD
INSTRUCTIONS: This form is used to document any past or future investigative
events deemed necessary to control or develop this case.
Investigation Case No.
Dept Form # PAGE No. 1
Date Time Summary of Events
CHRONOLOGICAL RECORD
INSTRUCTIONS: This form is used to document any past or future investigative
events deemed necessary to control or develop this case.
Investigation Case No.
Dept Form # PAGE No. 2
Date Time Summary of Events
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APPENDICES
Appendix 3: Crime Scene Log Template
CRIME SCENE LOG
TYPE OF INITIAL RADIO CALL (EXACTLY AS BROADCAST – UNIT NO., TYPE, LOC, ETC.)
ALL PERSONNEL AT SCENE (INCLUDE ABOVE PERSONNEL AND ALL THE PERSONS ENTERING
OR ASSIGNED TO THE CRIME SCENE
TIME
UNIT NO. DIV/AGENCY NAME(S) SERIAL NO(S). DUTIES
DR NO.
TYPE (MURDER, ROBBERY, ADW, ETC.)DATE & TIME CALL RECEIVED
UNIT HANDLING
FIRST SUPERVISOR AT SCENEFIRST UNIT AT SCENE
CRIME SCENE LOG ORIGINATOR ( NAME, SERIAL NO., UNIT NO.)
ARRIVED LEFT
INCIDENT NO.
VICTIM
INTERIOR CRIME SCENE
PERIMETER/EXTERIOR CRIME SCENE
TIME
UNIT NO. DIV/AGENCY NAME(S) SERIAL NO(S). DUTIES
ARRIVED LEFT
PAGE 2 OF 2 CRIME SCENE LOG
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Appendix 4: Crime Report
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%DAMAGED%INSIDE%
White%
Unknown%
Unknown%
S
1&
SEX%
DESC%
HAIR%
EYES%
HEIGHT%
WEIGHT%
AGE%
CLOTHING%
NAME%ADDRESS,%DOB,%IF%KNOWN%NAME,%BOOKING%NO.,%CHARGE,%IF%ARRESTED%
M%
White%
Black%
Unk%
Med%
Med%
30/35%
White%T-shirt%
Unknown%
PERSONAL%ODDITIES%(UNUSUAL%FEATURES,%SCARS,%TATTOOS,%ETC.)%
WEAPON%(VERBAL%THREATS,%BODILY%FORCE,%SIMULATED%GUN,%ETC.%IF%KNIFE%OR%GUN,%
DESCRIBE%FULLY)%
% % % % % %
Chrome%9mm%Semi-Auto%Handgun%
S
2&
SEX%
DESC%
HAIR%
EYES%
HEIGHT%
WEIGHT%
AGE%
CLOTHING%
NAME%ADDRESS,%DOB,%IF%KNOWN%NAME,%BOOKING%NO.,%CHARGE,%IF%ARRESTED%
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
PERSONAL%ODDITIES%(UNUSUAL%FEATURES,%SCARS,%TATTOOS,%ETC.)%
WEAPON%(VERBAL%THREATS,%BODILY%FORCE,%SIMULATED%GUN,%ETC.%IF%KNIFE%OR%GUN,%
DESCRIBE%FULLY)%
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
INVOLVED%PERSON(S):%W%–%WITNESS;%R%–%PERSON%REPORTING;%S%–%PERSON%SECURING%(459);%D%–%PERSON%DISCOVERING%(459);%P%–%PARENT;%CP%–%CONTACT%PERSON%(DOMESTIC%VIOLENCE)%
W
1%
NAME%
SEX%
DESC%
DOB%
ADDRESS%
CITY%
STATE%
ZIP%
PHONE%
Smith,%Linda%
F%
Black%
01-30-92%
905%W.%Main%St%
Los%Angeles%
Ca%
90003%
H:2133829470%
DR.%LIC.%NO.%(IF%NONE,%LIST%OTHER%ID%&%NO.)%
FOREIGN%LANGUAGE%SPOKEN%
1400%Beacon%Dr.%
Ontario%
Ca%
91774%
B:9095557777%
X16733111%
% % % % % %
EMAIL:%% % % % % %
C:% % % % % %
% %
% %
% %
NAME%
SEX%
DESC%
DOB%
ADDRESS%
CITY%
STATE%
ZIP%
PHONE%
% % % % % %
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% % % % % %
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% % % % % %
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
H:% % % % % %
DR.%LIC.%NO.%(IF%NONE,%LIST%OTHER%ID%&%NO.)%
FOREIGN%LANGUAGE%SPOKEN%
%
%
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%
B:% % % % % %
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% % % % % %
EMAIL:%% % % % % %
C:% % % % % %
% %
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NAME%
SEX%
DESC%
DOB%
ADDRESS%
CITY%
STATE%
ZIP%
PHONE%
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% % % % % %
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% % % % % %
H:% % % % % %
DR.%LIC.%NO.%(IF%NONE,%LIST%OTHER%ID%&%NO.)%
FOREIGN%LANGUAGE%SPOKEN%
%
%
%
%
B:% % % % % %
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
EMAIL:%% % % % % %
C:% % % % % %
COMBINED&EVIDENCE&
REPORT&
USE%THIS%SECTION%IN%LIEU%
OF%PROPERTY%REPORT%IF%NO%
GUN%AND%NO%MORE%THAN%
THREE%ITEMS%OF%EVIDNECE%
LOCATION%EVIDENCE%
BOOKED%
%
PRELIM.%
DRUG%
TEST%
SUPV.%/%INV.%OFFICER%TESTING%%
SERIAL%NO.%
WITNESS%OFFICER%%
SERIAL%NO.%
Property%Division%
%
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
ITEM%
QUAN%
ARTICLE%
SERIAL%NO.%/%TYPE%TEST%OF%DRUG%
BRAND/DRUG%WEIGHT,%UNITS%
MODEL%NO.%/%DRUG%TEST%RESULT%
MISC.%
1%
2%
Spent%Casings%
% % % % % %
Remington%
9mm%
Brass%
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
% % % % % %
NARRATIVE%
USE%THE%FOLLOWING%HEADING%TO%DOCUMENT%ALL%INFORMATION%REGARDING%THE%INVESTIGATION,%ADDITIONAL%PERSONS%INVOLVED%(SEPARATED%BY%TYPE):%SOURCE%OF%ACTIVIITY;%
INVESTIGATION;%ARREST;%INJURY/MEDICAL%TREATMENT;%PHOTOS,%RECORDINGS,%VIDEOS,%DICV,%BWV,%AND%DIGITAL%IMAGING;%BOOKING;%EVIDENCE;%CANVASSING;%ADDITIONAL;%COLLISION%
SUMMARY,%PROPERTY%STOLEN/LOST/RECOVERED/DAMAGED;%COURT%INFORMATION.%NOTE:%ANY%OF%THESE%HEADINGS%MAY%BE%OMITTED%IF%NOT%APPLICABLE.%%
VICTIM%INDEMNIFICATION%
INFORMATION%(IF%APPLICABLE)%
% % % % % %
IS%ANY%OF%THE%VICTIM’S%PROPERTY%MARKED%WITH%AN%OWNER%APPLIED%
IDENTIFICATION%NUMBER?%%Y%%N%IF%YES,%EXPLAIN%IN%NARRATIVE.%
APPROVAL&
AND&
REVIEW&
SUPERVISOR%APPROVING%
SERIAL%NO.%
DIVISION%
DETECTIVE%SUPERVISOR%REVIEWING%
SERIAL%NO.%
%
%
%
%
%
DATE%&%TIME%REPRODUCED%
CLERK%
DIVISION%
CATEGORY:%%
%
%
PAGE%2%OF%2%
CONTINUATION%SHEET%
DR#17-44561517-445615%
%
%
CRIME&SUMMARY:&
On%August%21,%2017,%at%2235%hours,%the%victim,%Jane%Doe,%a%27-yea r-old%female%White,%was%driving%her%vehicle%described%as%a%2010%
Ford%Explorer,%4-door%green,%California%License%No.%111XXX.%%She%was%stopped%eastbound%lane-1%Main%Street%at%9
th
%Avenue%for%a%red%
light%signal.%%The%suspect,%a%lone%male%White,%30-35%years%old,%driving%a%late%model%Chevrolet%Camaro,%2-door%white,%stopped%next%to%
her%eastbound%lane-2%Main%Street%at%9
th
%Avenue.%%The%suspect%said%something%to%the%victim%and%she%rolled%down%her%front%passenger%
window.%%The%suspect%extended%his%left%hand%out%the%window%holding%a%chrome%semi-automatic%handgun,%pointed%it%toward%Doe%and%
fired%two%gunsh o ts.%%Th e%su sp ect%a cce lera ted %rap idly,%sp inn ing %his%tires %an d%fled %ea stb ou n d%Main%Street.%%After%the%gunshots,%Doe’%car%
rolled%forward%an d %collided %w ith%a%streetlight%pole%on%the%northwest%corner%of%Main%Street%and%9
th
%Avenue.%%
Witness%Linda%Smith,%phoned%911%and%reported%what%she%saw .%%%
Los%Angeles%Fire%Department%Paramedics%R.%Jacobs,%No.%2199,%and%K.%Koury,%No.%2254,%assigned%to%Rescue%No.%8,%responded%to%the%
scene%where%they%attempted%life-saving%treatment%on%Doe .%%Ja co b s%p ron o u nc ed % Doe%dead%at%2252%hours.%%%%%
Officers%A.%Boyd,%No.%2239%and%S.%Zych,%No.%2311,%assigned%to%Unit%2A42,%received%a%radio%call%of%a%shooting%that%just%occurred%at%Main%
Street%and%9
th
%Avenue.%%Upon%arrival,%they%set%up%con tainment%of%the%scene,%began%a%Crime%Scene%log,%talked%with%bystanders%and%
located%tw o %s pe n t%9 mm%casings%in %t h e%in te rse c tio n .%%Se e %th eir %sta te m e n ts %fo r%fu rth e r%d e sc rip tio n .%
NOTIFICATION&OF&DETECTIVES:&
On%August%21,%2017,%at%2255%hours,%Watch%Commander,%Lieutenant%C.%Carson,%No.%1997 ,%te l ep honically%no t ifie d %Homicide %D e te c ti ve s %
R.%Davis,%No.%1672,%and%P.%Thomas,%No.%1821,%of%this%homicide%at%their%respective%residences.%%%%
INVESTIG ATION:&
Davis%arrived%at%the%scene%at%0030%hours%and%Thomas%arrived%at%0045%hours.%%They%noted%the%entire%crime%scene%was%located%
outdoors.%%Main%Street%is%four%lane%roadway%travelling%east%and%west.%%It%is%comprised%of%small%businesses%for%several%blocks%in%each%
direction.%%9th%Avenue%is%a%two%lane%roadway%that%travels%north%and%south.%%It%is%comprised%of%residential%homes%and%apartments.%%%
Detectives%noted%Doe’s%vehicle%came%to%rest%against%a%streetlight%pole%on%the%northwest%corner.%%It%displayed%light%damage%to%the%
front%bump er%a nd %ho o d.%%Th e%e ng ine %w as%ru nn in g%an d %the %trans m ission%was%in%gear%when%the%first%responding%officers,%Boyd%and%Zych%
arrived.%%For%safety%reasons%Boyd%placed%the%transmission%in%the%park%position%and%turned%off%the%ignition.%%%
Detectives%observed%two%9mm%casings%in%the%roadway.%%They%directed%Forensic%personnel%to%recover%the%items.%%%
Detectives%were%directed%to%witness%Linda%Smith%who%was%at%her%residence%located%at%905%W.%Main%Street.%%She%witnessed%the%
shooting%and%called%911%to%report%the%incident.%%%
Smith%stated%she%was%sitting%on%her%front%porch%swing%that%faces%Main%Street.%%She%saw%the%victim%driving%a%green%Ford%Explorer,%stop%
for%the%red%light%eastb o un d %M a in%Stre et%in %lane-1%at%9
th
%Avenue.%%Approximately%five%seconds%later,%the%suspect%who%she%described%as%
a%male%White,%30%to%35%years%old,%medium%height%and%weight%with%shoulder%length%black%hair,%wearing%a%white%t-shirt,%stopped%n ex t %to %
her%in%lane-2.%%He%was%driving%a%newer%white%Chevrolet%Camaro%two-door.%%The%suspect%yelled%something%at%the%victim%and%she%rolled%
down%her%front%passenger%window.%%Smith%then%saw%the%suspect’s%left%hand%extend%out%of%his%driver’s%window.%%He%pointed%a%chrome%
semi-automatic%handgun%at%her%and%fired%two%gunshots.%%The%suspect%immediately%sped%away,%spinning%his%tires%and%running%the%red%
light,%eastbo u n d %Main%Street%ou t%of%Sm ith ’s%view .%%Smith %then %pho ne d%91 1%to%rep ort%w ha t%she%saw .%%%
Detectives%canvassed%the%crime%scene%and%were%unable%to%locate%additional%witnesses%that%saw%what%occurred.%%
Upon%clearing%the%scene%at%0130%hours,%detectives%responded%to%Doe’s%residence%at%2741%3
rd
%Avenue.%%They%contacted%Doe’s%mother,%
Lucy%Doe.%%Lucy%stated%that%Jane%did%not%have%any%known%enemies%and%she%did%not%know%of%any%reason%someone%would%assault%her.%%
She%does%not%know%anyone%fitting%the%suspect’s%description%or%owning%a%white%Camaro.%%%%%
EVIDENCE:&
Item%No. %1,%t w o %R e mington%9m m%spent%cas in gs %were%recover ed %f ro m%the%roadw a y .%%R e fe r%to %th e %F o re n sic %R e p o rt%fo r %fu rth e r%d e ta ils.%%
%
%
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APPENDICES
Appendix 4a: Crime Report Template
CRIME REPORT
PREMISES (SPECIFIC TYPE) ATM
CASE SCREENING FACTORS
REPORTING
EMPLOYEES
REPORT OF:
LAST NAME, FIRST MIDDLE (OR NAME OF BUSINESS) SEX
INVEST. DIV. INC # DR#
HT WT AGE DOBDESC
ADDRESS CITY STATE ZIP PHONE
R:
B:
C:
X
DR. LIC. NO. (IF NONE, OTHER ID & NO.)
SUS*.
VEHICLE
FOREIGN LANGUAGE SPOKEN OCCUPATION
R:
B:
EMAIL:
ENTRY (459/BFV)
POINT OF ENTRY
METHOD
YEAR
SEX
INVOLVED PERSON(S): W – WITNESS; R – PERSON REPORTING; S – PERSON SECURING (459); D – PERSON DISCOVERING (459); P – PARENT; CP – CONTACT PERSON (DOMESTIC VIOLENCE)
SEX
NAME
NAME
NAME
DR. LIC. NO. (IF NONE, LIST OTHER ID & NO.)
DR. LIC. NO. (IF NONE, LIST OTHER ID & NO.)
DR. LIC. NO. (IF NONE, LIST OTHER ID & NO.)
FOREIGN LANGUAGE SPOKEN
FOREIGN LANGUAGE SPOKEN
FOREIGN LANGUAGE SPOKEN
SEX
SEX
SEX
DESC
DESC
DESC
DOB
DOB
DOB
ADDRESS
ADDRESS
ADDRESS
EMAIL:
EMAIL:
EMAIL:
CITY
CITY
CITY
STATE
STATE
STATE
ZIP
ZIP
ZIP
PHONE
PHONE
PHONE
H:
H:
H:
B:
B:
B:
C:
C:
C:
S
1
S
1
W
1
HAIR
HAIR
DESC
DESC
EYES
EYES
HEIGHT
HEIGHT
WEIGHT
WEIGHT
AGE
AGE
CLOTHING
CLOTHING
NAME ADDRESS, DOB, IF KNOWN NAME, BOOKING NO., CHARGE, IF ARRESTED
NAME ADDRESS, DOB, IF KNOWN NAME, BOOKING NO., CHARGE, IF ARRESTED
PERSONAL ODDITIES (UNUSUAL FEATURES, SCARS, TATTOOS, ETC.)
PERSONAL ODDITIES (UNUSUAL FEATURES, SCARS, TATTOOS, ETC.)
WEAPON (VERBAL THREATS, BODILY FORCE, SIMULATED GUN, ETC.
IF KNIFE OR GUN, DESCRIBE FULLY)
WEAPON (VERBAL THREATS, BODILY FORCE, SIMULATED GUN, ETC.
IF KNIFE OR GUN, DESCRIBE FULLY)
COLOR(S) LICENSE NO.
MAKE & MODEL TYPE
STATE
INTERIOR COLOR EXTERIOR BODY WINDOWS
INSTRUMENT/TOOL USED
INITIALS, LAST NAME SERIAL NO. DIV / DETAIL SIGNATURE
NOTE: IF SHORT FORM, AND VICTIM / PR ARE NOT THE SAME,
 /, PR INFORMATION IN INVOLVED PERSONS SECTION
OR RECEIVED BY PHONE
VICT’S VEHICLE (IF INVOLVED) YEAR, MAKE, TYPE, COLOR, LIC. NO., STATE
MO: IF LONG FORM, LIST UNIQUE ACTIONS. IF SHORT FORM, DESCRIBE SUSPECT’S ACTIONS IN BRIEF PHRASES, INCLUDING WEAPON USED. DO NOT REPEAT ABOVE INFO BUT CLARIFY
REPORT AS NECESSARY. IF ANY OF THE MISSING ITEMS ARE POTENTIALL
Y IDENTIFIABLE, ITEMIZE AND DESCRIBE ALL ITEMS MISSING IN THIS INCIDENT IN THE NARRATIVE.
NOTIFICATIONS CONNECTED REPORTS
TYPE PROPERTY STOLEN / LOST / DAMAGED
DATE & TIME OF OCCURRENCE DATE & TIME REPORTED TO PD
STOLEN / LOST RECOVERED EST. DAMAGED ARSON / VAND.
$ $
POINT OF EXIT
LOCATION OF OCCURRENCE
SAME AS VICT’S
RES BUS RD
PRINTS BY PREL. INV.
ATTEMPT Y N
Y N
OBTAINED
UCR CODE
CC
COMBINED EVID REPORT
MULTIPLE DR’S ON THIS REPORT
MANDATORY MARSY’S RIGHTS CARD PROVIDED TO VICTIM MOTIVATED BY HATE/PREJUDICE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
COMPLETE BELOW SECTIONS IF ANY CASE SCREENING FACTORS BOXES ARE NOT CHECKED.
EXTRA COPIES TO:
SUSPECT/VEHICLE NOT SEEN
PRINTS OR OTHER EVIDENCE NOT PRESENT
MO NOT DISTINCT
PROPERTY LOST LESS THAN $5,000
NO SERIOUS INJURY TO VICTIM
ONLY ONE VICTIM INVOLVED
Front
Rear
Side
Roof
Floor
Other
PERSON
REPORTING
1 CUSTOM WHEELS
2 PAINTED INSCRIPT
3 LEVEL ALTERED
4 RUST / PRIMER
5 CUSTOM PAINT
6 VINYL TOP
BUCKET SEATS
DAMAGED INSIDE
1 DAMAGE
2 MODIFIED
3 STICKER
4 LEFT
5 RIGHT
6 FRONT
7 REAR
1 DAMAGE
2 CUST
3 CURTAINS
4 LEFT
5 RIGHT
6 FRONT
7 REAR
f
PAGE 2 OF 2 CRIME REPORT
COMBINED
EVIDENCE
REPORT
LOCATION EVIDENCE
BOOKED
SUPV. / INV. OFFICER TESTING SERIAL NO. WITNESS OFFICER SERIAL NO.
USE THIS SECTION IN LIEU
OF PROPERTY REPORT IF NO
GUN AND NO MORE THAN
THREE ITEMS OF EVIDENCE
USE THE FOLLOWING HEADING TO DOCUMENT ALL INFORMATION REGARDING THE INVESTIGATION, ADDITIONAL PERSONS INVOLVED (SEPARATED BY TYPE): SOURCE OF ACTIVITY;
INVESTIGATION; ARREST; INJURY/MEDICAL TREATMENT; PHOTOS, RECORDINGS, VIDEOS, DICV, BWV, AND DIGITAL IMAGING; BOOKING; EVIDENCE; CANVASSING; ADDITIONAL;
COLLISION SUMMARY, PROPERTY STOLEN/LOST/RECOVERED/DAMAGED; COURT INFORMATION. NOTE: ANY OF THESE HEADINGS MAY BE OMITTED IF NOT APPLICABLE.
ITEM
QUAN
ARTICLE
NARRATIVE
SUPERVISOR APPROVING SERIAL NO.
CLERK
DIVISION DETECTIVE SUPERVISOR REVIEWING SERIAL NO.
CATEGORY:
DIVISION
DATE & TIME REPRODUCED
VICTIM INDEMNIFICATION
INFORMATION (IF APPLICABLE)
IF ANY OF THE VICTIM’S PROPERTY MARKED WITH AN OWNER APPLIED
IDENTIFICATION NUMBER? Y N IF YES, EXPLAIN IN NARRATIVE.
SERIAL NO. / TYPE TEST OF DRUG BRAND/DRUG WEIGHT, UNITS MODEL NO. / DRUG TEST RESULT MISC.
PRELIM.
DRUG
TEST
APPROVAL
AND
REVIEW
CRIME SUMMARY:
PAGE 2 OF 3 CRIME REPORT
NOTIFICATION OF DETECTIVES:
INVESTIGATION:
EVIDENCE:
25 | HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION CASE FILE PROFILE: THE LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT MURDER BOOK
APPENDICES
Appendix 5: Death Report
w
NAME
Smith, Linda
Notified
YES
NO
None
R 905 W. Main St. LA Ca 90003
2133829470
B 1400 Beacon Dr. Ontario Ca 91774
9095557777
x
I
NAME
Doe, Lucy
DOB
3-1-70
R 2741 3
rd
Ave LA Ca 90003
3235554122
x
B Unemployed
NAME
DOB
R
B
.
PERSON CAUSING DEATH
Unknown
SEX
M
DESCENT
White
AGE
30/35
WEAPON (IF KNIFE OR GUN, DESCRIBE FULLY)
9mm Chrome Semi-Auto Handgun
DOCTOR IN ATTENDANCE
None
BUSINESS ADDRESS
NA
CITY/STATE/ZIP
NA
PHONE
NA
SOURCE OF CALL (HOW NOTIFIED AND BY WHOM)
911 Call from Linda Smith
WAS LOCATION SEALED?
YES NO IF YES, BY WHOM?
CORONER’S CASE NUMBER
2017-01123
ASSIGNED BY
T. Jones
WHO PRONOUNCED DEATH?
LAFD Paramedic R. Jacobs, No. 2199
TIME PRONOUNCED
2252
DISPOSITION OF PROPERTY
RELEASED TO CORONER RECIEPT YES NO CORONER’S INVENTORY RECIEPT NUMBER 001881818
NO PROPERTY
RELEASED TO
RELATIVE
NAME
ADDRESS
PHONE NUMBER
NARRATIVE
DEATH INVESTIGATION
DR NO.
17-44-5615
NAME OF DECEASED (LAST, FIRST, MIDDLE)
Doe, Jane
CONNECTING REPORTS
None
DESCRIPTION
OF DECEASED
SEX
F
DESCENT
White
HAIR
Brown
EYES
Blue
HEIGHT
502
LOCATION DECEASED DISCOVERED
Main St / 9
th
Ave
RD
0432
DATE & TIME REPORTED TO PD
8-21-17 / 2240
HOMICIDE
SUICIDE
ACCIDENTAL
TRAFFIC
NATURAL
UNDETERMINED
WEIGHT
125
AGE
27
DOB
8-30-90
BUILD
Thin
COMPLEXION
Light
DATE & TIME DECEASED DISCOVERED
8-21-17 / 2235
OCCUPATION OF DECEASED
Unemployed
IDENTIFYING MARKS AND CHARACTERISTICS
Tattoo "Dad" on left bicep
LOCATION OF ORIGINAL ILLNESS OR INJURY
Main St / 9
th
Ave
RD
0432
TYPE ORIGINAL REPORT
This Report
CLOTHING AND JEWELRY WORN
Black shirt, blue jeans, white tennis shoes
REMOVED TO (ADDRESS)
Coroner 1100 S. Mission Bl.
RELATIVES NOTIFIED BY
Detective R. Davis
INVESTIGATIVE DIVISION/UNITS NOTIFIED & PERSONS
CONTACTED
None
INCIDENT NUMBER
12345678
PROBABLE CAUSE OF DEATH
Gunshot Wounds
DATE/TIME DEATH OCCURRED
8-21-17 / 2235
REMOVED BY (NAME/UNIT)
T. Jones
DECEASED’S RESIDENCE ADDRESS
2741 3
rd
Ave, Los Angeles, Ca 90003
DECEASED’S BUSINESS ADDRESS
None
PHOTOGRAPHS
Yes
CODE: R – PERSON REPORTING DEATH D – PERSON DISCOVERING DECEASED I – PERSON IDENTIFYING DECEASED W – WITNESS
NEAREST RELATIVE RELATIONSHIP ADDRESS CITY/STATE/ZIP PHONE X
On#August#21,#2017,#at#2235#hours,#the#victim,#Jane#Doe,#a#27-year-old#female#White,#was#driving#her#vehicle#described#as#a#2010#Ford#
Explorer,#4-door#green,#California#License#No.#111XXX.##She#was#stopped#eastbound#lane-1#M ain#Street#at#9
th
#Avenue#for#a#red#light#signal.##
The#suspect,#a#lone#male#White,#30-35#years#old,#driving#a#late#model#Chevrolet#Camaro,#2-door#white,#stopped#next#to#her#eastbound#
lane-2#Main#Street#at#9
th
#Avenue.##The#suspect#said#something#to#the#victim#and#she#rolled#down#her#front#passenger#window.##The#
suspect#extended#his#left#hand#out#the#window#holding#a#chrome#sem i - au tomatic#handgun,#pointed#it#toward#Doe#and#fired#two#
gunshots.##The#suspect#accelerated#rapidly,#spinning#his#tires#and#fled#eastbound#Main#Street.##After#the#gunshots,#Doe’#car#rolled#forw ar d #
and#collided#with#a#streetlight#pole#on#the#northwest#corner#of#Main#Street#and#9
th
#Avenue.##
Witness#Linda#Smith,#phoned#911#and#reported#what#she#saw.###
Los#Angeles#Fire#Department#Paramedics#R.#Jacobs,#No.#2199#and#K.#Koury,#No.#2254,#assigned#to#Rescue#No.#8,#responded#to#the#scene#
where#they#attempted#life#saving#treatment#on#Doe.##Jacobs#pro n ou n ce d# Doe#dead#at#2252#hours.#####
SUPERVISOR APPROVING SERIAL NO.
REPORTING OFFICER(S)
R. DAVIS
SERIAL NO.
1672
DIVISION
HOMICIDE
DATE & TIME REPRODUCED DIVISION CLERK
REPORTING OFFICER(S)
P. THOMAS
SERIAL NO.
1821
DIVISION
HOMICIDE
DEATH INVESTIGATION
27 | HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION CASE FILE PROFILE: THE LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT MURDER BOOK
APPENDICES
Appendix 5a: Death Report Template
DEATH INVESTIGATION
NAME OF DECEASED ( LAST, FIRST, MIDDLE)
IDENTIFYING MARKS AND CHARACTERISTICS
CLOTHING AND JEWELRY WORN
DECEASED’S RESIDENCE ADDRESS
PERSON CAUSING DEATH
DOCTOR IN ATTENDANCE
SOURCE OF CALL ( HOW NOTIFIED AND BY WHOM)
CORONER’S CASE NUMBER
DISPOSITION OF PROPERTY RECIEPT YES NO CORONER’S INVENTORY RECIEPT NUMBER
RELEASED TO CORONER
NO PROPERTY
RELEASED TO RELATIVE
ASSIGNED BY
NAME ADDRESS PHONE NUMBER
WHO PRONOUNCED DEATH?
WAS LOCATION SEALED?
YES NO IF YES, BY WHOM?
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BUSINESS ADDRESS CITY/STATE/ZIP PHONE
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NAME
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NAME
DOB
DOB
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CODE: R – PERSON REPORTING DEATH D – PERSON DISCOVERING DECEASED I – PERSON IDENTIFYING DECEASED W – WITNESS
NEAREST RELATIVE RELATIONSHIP ADDRESS CITY/STATE/ZIP PHONE X
DECEASED’S BUSINESS ADDRESS
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HEIGHT
COMPLEXION
RDLOCATION DECEASED DISCOVERED
DATE & TIME DECEASED DISCOVERED
LOCATION OF ORIGINAL ILLNESS OR INJURY
REMOVED TO (ADDRESS)
INVESTIGATIVE DIVISION/UNITS NOTIFIED & PERSONS CONTACTED
PROBABLE CAUSE OF DEATH DATE/TIME DEATH OCCURRED
RELATIVES NOTIFIED BY
INCIDENT NUMBER
REMOVED BY (NAME/UNIT)
RD TYPE ORIGINAL REPORT
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HOMICIDE
SUICIDE
ACCIDENTAL
TRAFFIC
NATURAL
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SUPERVISOR APPROVING SERIAL NO. REPORTING OFFICER(S) SERIAL NO. DIVISION
REPORTING OFFICER(S) SERIAL NO. DIVISION
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Appendix 6: Follow-up Report(s)
LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT
CORONER CASE NUMBER
FOLLOW-UP INVESTIGATION 2014-xxxx
MULTIPLE
DATE THIS REPORT
1/15/2015
DATE ORIGINAL RPT.
12/19/2013
SPECIFIC TYPE OF ORIGINAL RPT. (ADW, TFV, EVID., ARREST/BURG., ETC.)
MURDER
RD
1414
DR NO.
14-1430
VICTIM BOOKED TO / ARRESTEE (AS ON ORIGINAL REPORT)
VICTIM-1
IF RECLASSIFYING TO HOMICIDE
SEX / DESCENT / AGE
VICT'S
BKG NO. (SUPPL. TO ARREST)
WORK FOLDER
PERIOD ORIG. RPT | INDEX NO.
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CLEARED BY ARREST
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INVESTIGATION CONTINUED
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PARTIAL RECOVERY
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The!names!of!the!parties!and!identifying!information!was!changed!in!this!report!for!the!purpose!of!using!it!as!an!
exemplar.!
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CRIME!SUMMARY!
On!December!19,!2014,!at!1125!hours,!the!VICTIM,!a!16!year!old!male!Hispanic!was!inside!his!2nd!floor!apartment!
located!at!12XX!1/2!Washington!Place.!!He!heard!a!noise!outside!and!then!saw!someone!tampering!with!his!
mother’s!vehicle,!a!white!2004!Honda!CRV,!bearing!California!license!No.!5HFWXXX.!!VICTIM!went!to!his!brother,!
Mark,!who!was!in!the!bathroom!taking!a!shower,!and!said,!“Gonners!outside,!Gonners!outside.!!VICTIM!went!to!
his!front!yard!where!he!confronted!the!suspect.!!The!suspect!fired!two!or!three!gunshots,!striking!VICTIM!in!the!
head.!!The!suspect!then!fled!eastbound!Washington!Place!on!foot.!!VICTIM!was!transported!to!UCLA!Hospital!
where!he!died!the!next!day!from!his!gunshot!injuries.!!No!firearm!evidence!was!found!at!the!crime!scene.!!!!!
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INVESTIGATION!
This!investigation!was!assigned!to!West!Bureau!Homicide!Detectives!J.!Skaggs,!Serial!No.!25252,!and!G.!XXXXX.!!
Serial!No.!369XX.!
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Detectives!processed!the!crime!scene.!!They!obtained!home!security!video!from!12XX!Mitchell!Avenue,!!that!
covers!the!alley!behind!the!shooting!location.!!At!the!time!of!the!shooting,!the!footage!depicts!the!suspect,!a!
male,!possibly!Hispanic,!climb!over!a!fence!northbound!into!the!alley!two!doors!east!of!the!VICTIM’S!apartment.!!
The!suspect!was!wearing!a!black!hoodie!jacket!with!a!large!white!logo!on!the!front.!!The!suspect!dropped!
something!on!the!ground!and!picked!it!up.!!He!then!removed!his!hoodie!jacket.!!The!suspect!continued!eastbound!
in!the!alley.!!He!discarded!an!unknonw!item!on!a!trashcan!behind!the!next!residence!to!the!ease,!and!continued!
eastbound!out!of!the!camera’s!view.!!!
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WAS PROPERTY BOOKED IN CONJUNCTION
WITH THIS REPORT OR INCIDENT?
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IF YES, HAS 10.06.00 BEEN COMPLETED?!
NO
YES
SUPERVISOR APPROVING SERIAL NO.!
REPORTING OFFICER(S)
J. SKAGGS
SERIAL NO.
25252!
DIVISION
WBH
DATE & TIME REPRODUCED DIVISION CLERK!
REPORTING OFFICER(S)
SERIAL NO.
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DIVISION
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Detectives!located!security!video!from!a!Jack!in!the!Box!Restaurant,!located!at!12XX!Washington!Place.!!The!video!
depicts!a!white!mid!2000’s!Cadillac!Escalade!go!through!the!drive-thru!63!minutes!before!the!shooting!occurred.!!
It!appeared!the!driver!was!a!female!and!there!was!an!unknown!front!passenger.!!Then!Escalade!exited!the!drive-
thru!and!parked!in!a!stall!in!their!parking!lot.!!The!suspect!was!seen!seen!at!the!mouth!of!the!alley!and!the!Jack!in!
the!Box!parking!lot.!!Moments!later,!the!Escalade!pulled!out!of!the!parking!stall!and!drove!away.!!The!suspect!
could!not!be!seen!getting!into!the!escalade!but!due!to!the!unusual!time!it!was!in!the!parking!lot,!it!could!possibly!
be!a!getaway!vehicle.!!!
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Detectives!inspected!the!VICTIM’S!vehicle!that!was!tampered!with.!!A!shoe!print!wsa!located!on!the!right!rear!
passenger!door!that!appeared!to!be!fresh.!!The!print!looked!like!a!Van’s!brand!tennis!shoe.!!Photographs!were!
take!of!the!shoe!print!along!with!a!lift.!
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The!following!day,!detectives!recanvassed!the!crime!scene!and!located!what!they!believe!was!the!path!taken!by!
the!suspect!as!he!fled!from!the!shooting!scene.!!Three!doors!east!of!the!VICTIM’S!apartment,!at!12XXX!
Washington!Place,!detectives!were!directed!to!property!damage!by!its!owner,!Naren!XXX.!!He!showed!detectives!
broken!limbs!on!a!bush,!two!shoe!impressions!in!damp!soil!and!a!broken!fence!post!that!was!consistent!with!
someone!climbing!over!it.!!He!had!inspected!his!property!hours!before!the!shooting!occurred!and!this!damage!
was!not!there.!!His!broken!fence!leads!into!the!yard!where!the!suspect!was!seen!on!video!climbing!over!the!fence!
into!the!alley.!!Detectives!had!Scientific!Investigation!Division!personnel!photograph!this!evidence!and!take!
castings!of!the!shoe!impressions!in!the!soil.!!The!shoe!impressions!appeared!to!be!Van’s!brand!and!appeared!to!
be!the!same!as!the!shoe!print!on!the!VICTIM’S!car!door.!!!!!!!!!
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Detectives!met!with!the!VICTIM’S!family !at!UCLA!Hospital.!!The!victim’s!brother,!Mark,!stated!that!he,!VICTIM,!his!
mother!Lidia,!and!his!sister,!Daisy,!were!inside !their!2
nd
!floor!apartment.!!Mark!was!in!the!shower!when!he!heard!the!
VICTIM!tell!him,!“Gonners!outside,!Gonners!outside.”!!Mark!quickly!got!out!of!the!shower!and!went!to!his!bedroom!
for!clothing.!!He!heard!a!gunshot!outside!and!looked!out!the!window.!!He!saw!a!person!he!knows!as!Greg,!who!uses!
the!moniker,!Gonner,!walking!away!from!VICTIM!eastbound!on!the!sidewalk.!!Mark!went!outside!and!discovered!the!
VICTIM!lying!on!the!ground!with!a!gunshot!wound!to!his!head.!!Mark!described!Greg!as!a!male!Hispanic!18!years!old,!
light!complexion,!slim!build,!a!few!inches!shorter!than! the!VICTM,!wearing!a!black!hat!and!black!sweater!or!T-shirt.!!
Mark!admitted!that!he!and!the!VICTIM!are!members!of!the!Straight!Crazy!Klan!(SCK)!street!gang!and!Greg!is!a!
member!of!their!rival!gang,!Criminals!For!Life!(CFL)!stre et!gang.!!He!said!they!have!had!many!problems!with!CFL!
members!and!he!has!seen!the!SUSPECT!during!several!encounters.!!!
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Detectives!interviewed!the!VICTIM’S!mother,!Lidia,!who!stated!she!was!in!the!living!room!when!the!VICTIM!told!her!
someone!was!outside!screaming!and!threw!something!at!the!family’s!vehicle.!!Lidia!said!she!then!heard!a!loud!noise!
as!if!someone!had!closed!a!car!door.!!The!VICTIM!put!on!a!T-shirt!and!told!her!he!was!going!downstairs.!!Lidia!
followed!him!downstairs.!!When!the!VICTIM!made!it!downstairs!she!heard!a!gunshot.!!She!saw!the!suspect!turn!
around!and!run!eastbound.!!Lidia!described!the!suspect!as!a!male!Hispanic,!5’6”!to!5’7”!tall,!medium!build,!wearing!a!
black!T-shirt!and!black!pants.!!
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Detectives!interviewed!the!VICTIM’S!sister,!Daisy,!who!said!she!was!in!the!bedroom!with!her!earphones!on.!!Mark!
was!in!the!shower!and!the!VICTIM!was!in!the!living!room!with!their!mother,!Lidia.!!Daisy!saw!the!VICTIM!look!out!the!
window!and!then!Lidia!run!out!of!the!apartment.!!Daisy!looked!outside!her!bedroom!window!and!saw!the!suspect!
she!described!as!a!male!Hispanic,!17!to!18!years!old,!5’8”!to!5’9”!tall,!slim!build,!wearing!a!black!hoodie,!jeans!and!a!
black!baseball!cap!with!a!red!logo!on!the!front.!!As!the!VICTIM!approached!the!suspect,!the!suspect!turned!around,!
raised!his!arm!toward!the!VICTIM!and!she!heard!two!gunshots.!!Daisy!said!that!Mark!later!told!her!the!suspect!was!
Greg,!who!they!call,!“Gonner.!!!
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Using!police!databases,!Detectives!Identified!Gonner!from!CFL!gang!as!SUSPECT,!an!18!year!old!male!Hispanic.!!
Detectives!assembled!a!six-photo!display!card!and!returned!to!the!hospital.!!The!display!was!shown!to!Daisy,!who!
was!unable!to!identify!the!suspect.!!The!display!was!then!shown!to!Lidia!who!was!unable!to!identify!the!suspect.!!
Detectives!then!showed!the!display!to!Mark!who!immediately!identified!the!photo!of!the!defendant,!SUSPECT,!as!the!
suspect.!However,!he!stated!that!the!photo!was!not!a!good!depiction!of!Garcia,!as!his!true!appearance!is!different.!!
He!was!able!to!identify!Garcia!because!of!this!incident!and!the!prior!contacts!with!him.!!!
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On!December!23,!2014,!Detectives!met!with!the!VICTIM’ S!family!at!their!home!to!discuss!the!investigation.!!Mark!
told!detectives!that!he!had!found!SUSPECT!on!Facebook!and!showed!the!page!to!Daisy.!!He!said!Daisy!recognized!the!
Facebook!photograph!of!Garcia!as!the!person!who!shot! the!VICTIM.!!Detectives!interviewed!Daisy!who!said!she!saw!
the!suspect!on!Facebook.!!Daisy!then!used!he r!smart!phone!to!pull!up!Garc ia’s!Facebook!page!under !the!name!Greg!
XXX.!!She!showed!detectives!the!photo!and!said!it!was!the!person!she!saw!shoot!VICTIM.!!Detectives!know!this!page!
to!be!for!Gregory!XXX.!!
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Detectives!Learned!that!two!of!SUSPECT’S!fellow!CFL!gang!members,!Julio!XX,!and!Gustavo!XX,!were!shot!on!
December!17,!2014,!at!89XX!Kramerwood!Avenue.!!Julio!died!from!his!injuries!and!Gustavo!barely!survived.!!
Detectives!handling!that!investigation!discovered!that!after!the!shooting,!Gustavo’s!cell!phone!revealed!that!he!called!
911,!and!moments!later,!his!phone!called!the!name,!“Gonner.”!!!
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On!December!30,!2014,!at!1415!hours,!Officers!assigned!to!West!Bureau!Surveillance!Unit,!under !the!direction!of!
Officer!Eldon!XX,!Serial!No.!395XX,!observe d!the!SUSPECT!driving!a!black!2008!Mercedes!Benz,!E350,!License!No.!
6EQGXXX,!in!the!area!of!his!residence,!28XX!Reynier!Avenue.!!He!arrived!home!and!was!taken!into!custody.!!A!search!
warrant!was!served!at!the!SUSPECT’S!residence.!!Detectives!recovered!two!loade d!firearms!hidden!under!a!woode n!
board!in!the!rear!yard.!!The!guns!were!a!.22!caliber!rifle!and!a!.2 5!caliber!handgun.!!The!SUSPECT! was!arrested!for!
187(a)!P.C.,!Murder,!and!transported!to!West!Bureau!Homicide.!!Also,!two!pair!of!Van’s!tennis!shoes!were!recovered!
from!the!SUSPECT’S!bedroom.!!One!pair !had!soil!in!the!crevasses!that!detectives!noted!to!have!the!same!
consistencies!as!the!soil!from!where!the!Van’s!shoe!impressions!were!recovered!at!the!crime!scene.!!!!!!
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Detectives!interviewed!the!SUSPECT.!!Prior!to! asking!for!an!attorney,!the!SUSPECT!said!that!he!lived!with!his!mother!
Rosa,!his!brother,!Michael,!and!Michael’s!girlfriend,!Maribel!XX.!!He!said!he!hasn’t!been!ok!lately!because!his!best!
friend,!Julio!was!killed.!!He!denied!being!a!member!of!CFL!gang,!nor!were!his!friends!members!of!the!gang.!!He!stated!
that!Julio!died!in!his!arms.!!Detectives!noted!he!became!visibly!upset!and!angry!when!he!talke d!about!it.!!He!added!
that!Julio!was!his!best!friend.!!During!this!interview,!Skaggs!only!advised!the!SUSPECT!that!he!was!at!the!station!
because!of!a!shooting!that!occurred!on!Washington!Place,!two!days!after! Julio!was!killed.!!!
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Detectives!had!SUSPECT’S!mother,!Rosa,!come!to!the!police!station.!!Detectives!put!her!in!an!interview!room!with!
SUSPECT.!!Rosa!told!SUSPECT!that!he!was!being!charged!with!Murder.!!SUSPECT!told!Rosa!that!he!had!not!been!
okay!for!a!long!time.!!He!told!Rosa,!the!police!told!him!his!DNA!was!found!on!a!hat!and!sweater.!!SUSPECT!stated,!
“Personally!that’s!not!my!sweater,!the!Cincinnati!hat!was!once!upon!a!time!mine,!once!upon!a!time.”!!“I!haven’t!
seen!that!shit!for!a!long!fucking!time.!!I!don’t!even!know!where!I!fucking!left!it,!what!I!have!done!with!it!I!have!no!
idea.”!!SUSPECT!continued!to!say,!“To!be!honest!with!you,!I!didn’t!do!anything,!I!didn’t!kill!that!fucking!kid.”!!
SUSPECT!asked!Rosa!what!he!needed!to!get!charged!for!Murder.!!SUSPECT!stated,!“Don’t!they!need!a!gun?”!!Rosa!
started!to!say,!“Yeah,!they!found….”!!SUSPECT!cut!her!off!saying,!“But!they!don’t!have!a!gun.”!!Rosa!told!SUSPECT!
that!the!police!found!guns!behind!the!garage!and!he!asked!what!kind!of!guns.!!!
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Detectives!asked!SUSPECT’S!girlfriend,!Melissa!XX,!to!come!to!the!police!station.!!She!was!placed!in!a!interview !room!
with!him.!!SUSPECT!told!Melissa!that!he!was!told!he!“killed!a!fucking!fool!that!died!in!Culver!City!on!Centinella.!
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Note:!!Detectives!never!mentioned!to!Garcia!that!the!victim!was!killed!or!that!it!occurred!on!Centinella!or!in!Culver!
City.!!!
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At!one!poi nt !SUSPECT!took!Melissa’s!cell!phone!from!her!and!appeared!to!be! ty ping!something.!!Melissa!was!removed!from!the!
room!and!the!phone!was!seized!as!possible!evidence.!!Melissa!gave!detectives!consent!to! l ook! at ! her! phone.!!She!showed!
detectives!what!SUSPECT!typed.!!“Get!ahold!ofmyhomies!and!say!Gustavo!snitched!about!Zombie..”!!Additi onally,!Detectives!
found!a!text!thread!on!Melissa’s!phone!under!the!name!Gr e gory.!!On!the!day!of!the!VICTIM’S!murder!at!0148!hours,!SUSPECT!
texted,!“Yeah!Baby.!I!love!you!so!much,!your!my!everything.!!I!have!to!do!something!right!now!for!my!best!friend!that!I!love.!!Id!
do!the!same!for!you,!!I!just!hope!I!find!someway!tobyi!..!Ill!hyu!when!Im!safe.!!Some!way!to!let!u!know!im!fine!in!the!morning.!I!
love!you!so!much!baby.”!!
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Detectives!also!interviewe d!Melissa.!!She!said!she!knew!that!Julio!was!killed.!!She!denied!knowing!any!CFL!gang! members!and!
did!not!know!if!the!SUSPECT!was!a!CFL!gang!member.!!She!denied!any!knowledge!of!a!shooting!at!Washington!Place!and!
Centinella!Avenue.!!!
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Melissa!was!finally!advised!that!the!SUSPECT!was!being!arrested!for!murder.!!She!was!told!the!importance!of!a!murder!
investigation,!and!if!she!were!to!lose!a!loved!one,!she!would!appreci ate!the!police!be i ng !thorough.!!Her!response!was,!“yeah,!I!
can’t!believe!you’re!doing!all!thi s!f or!a! street! boy.”!! Detectives!had!never!advised!her!any!detai ls! of!t he!murder,!including!the!age!
or!gender! of !the!victim.!!
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Detectives!interviewed!the!SUSPECT’S!brother,!Michael.!!He!stated!that!he!has!grow n!d istant!from!his!brother.!!He!knows!
the!SUSPECT!hangs!out!with!CFL!gang!members!but!does!not!know!if!he!is!a!m e mber.!!He!k ne w !t h at !the !SUSPECT’S!friends,!
Julio!and!Gus tav o!were!recently!shot.!!He!recalled!that!SUSPECT!did!not!come!home!for!four!days!after!that!shooting.!!He!
does!not!know!where!the !SU SPECT!was!during!that!time,!but!that!he !c o u l d !h a v e !p o s sibly!been !with!his!girl fri e n d ,!Melissa,!at!
her!house.!!Michael!stated!that!the!SUSPECT!owns!a!Chicago!Bulls!hat,!and!said!it!was!black!with!a!red!log!and!red!button!on!
top.!!This!match es!the !ha t!that!d etec tives!rec ove red !from !th e!crim e!sce ne .!!Mich ae l!wa s!sho wn!a!photo!of!the!hat!and!said!
the!hat!belonged!to!the!SUSPECT.!!Michael!was!also!asked!if!he!knew!about!a!white!Cadillac!Escalade.!!He!said!a!couple!of!
days!ago!there!was!one!parked!in!his!driveway!when!he!arrived!home.!!He!went!into!his!house!and!the!SUSPECT!was!in!his!
bedroom!with!some!of!his!friends.!!He!did!not!know!who!owned!the!Escalade.!!!!!
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AUTOPSY!INFORMATION:!
On!December!31,!2014,!Los!Angeles!County!Deputy!Medical!Examiner,!Doctor!XXX,!performed!a!post!mortem!examination!
on!the!VICTIM.!!He!ascrib e d !th e!c au se !o f!d ea th !to !be !a!G u n sh o t!Wound.!!
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FILING!INFORMATION:!
On!January!2,!2015,!this!case!was!submitted!to!Deputy!District!Attorney!E.!XXX!who!filed!(1)!count!of!187(a)P.C.,!Murder,!on!
SUSPECT.!
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CASE!STATUS!
Cleared!By!Arrest!
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Appendix 6a: Follow-up Report(s) Template
CRIME SUMMARY:
FOLLOW-UP INVESTIGATION
CORONER CASE NUMBER
DATE THIS REPORT
VICTIM BOOKED TO / ARRESTEE (AS ON ORIGINAL REPORT)
P / T / D MULTIPLE RPT: DR NOS. TYPE OF CRIME RD VICTIM’S NAME DATE ORIG. RPT. VALUE
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DESC
DESC
DESC
EYES
EYES
EYES
HEIGHT
HEIGHT
HEIGHT
WEIGHT
WEIGHT
WEIGHT
AGE
AGE
AGE
NAME & ADDRESS ( OR NAME & CHARGE, IF ARRESTED)
NAME & ADDRESS ( OR NAME & CHARGE, IF ARRESTED)
NAME & ADDRESS ( OR NAME & CHARGE, IF ARRESTED)
ACTION TAKEN
ACTION TAKEN
ACTION TAKEN
DOB
DOB
DOB
PARTIAL RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY DELETED FROM ORIG. RPT. ITEM NOS. RECOVERED/DELETED
( ON MULTI. RPTS. USE NARRATIVE)
DESCRIPTION
CHANGE
MO DAY YEAR TIME
TYPE ORIGINAL REPORT - CHANGE TO
RD - CHG. TO DR NO. CHG. TO
INV DIV CHG TO
1 CLEARED BY ARREST 2 CLEARED OTHER 3 REPORT UNFOUNDED 4 INVESTIGATION CONTINUED
CASE STATUS
NARRATIVE (USE BELOW COLUMNS FOR MULTIPLE REPORTS ONLY)
S-1
S-2
S-3
DATE
OCCURRED
PROPERTY
VALUE:
&
DATE ORIGINAL RPT. RD
DR NO.
SPECIFIC TYPE OF ORIGINAL RPT. (ADW, TFV, EVID., ARREST/BURG., ETC.)
Use this section only to add or correct info – do not repeat info from previous reports. Exception: Complete entire suspect info if making final disposition.
MULTIPLE
IF RECLASSIFYING TO HOMICIDE
SEX / DESCENT / AGE
BKG NO. (SUPPL. TO ARREST) WORK FOLDER
PERIOD ORIG. RPT | INDEX NO.
MNU# CII# BKG#
MNU# CII# BKG#
MNU# CII# BKG#
(Insert name of police department)
INVESTIGATION:
AUTOPSY INFORMATION:
FILING INFORMATION:
CASE STATUS:
PAGE 2 OF 2 FOLLOW-UP INVESTIGATION
DR#
WAS PROPERTY BOOKED IN CONJUNCTION
WITH THIS REPORT OR INCIDENT?
SUPERVISOR APPROVING SERIAL NO. REPORTING OFFICER(S) SERIAL NO. DIVISION
DATE & TIME REPRODUCED DIVISION
CLERK
REPORTING OFFICER(S) SERIAL NO. DIVISION
FOLLOW-UP INVESTIGATION INC#
IF YES, HAS BEEN
COMPLETED?
NO YES NO YES
(insert # here)
(enter form #)
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