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Mysterious Bullet Path in James' Shooting

This article is a argument presented as a result of reading the Oregonian's article on the James' shooting dated Wednesday June22, 2005. It concerns the path of the bullet that hit James' and how it ended up as it did, according to testimony.
I have worked in the business of death for many years (until recently, that is) and I have seen numerous shootings. After reading the article on the James' shooting in Wednesday's Oregonian and reading the statement about the angle of the officer issued 9mm bullet that killed Kendra James, I am a little confused. I will break it down for you: The Oregonian stated in the article that Officer McCollister stated that, "as I was falling out of the car, I pointed the gun about level with James' head and shot her."

The article goes on to state that "The bullet struck James in the left hip and lodged beneath her right hip."

Here is where I am confused. If officer McCollister aimed the gun at her head and shot her then how did the bullet end up lodged beneath her right breast? First off, if the gun was aimed at her head then how could the bullet enter into her left hip? Even if McCollister aimed the 9mm at her head and then somehow was off balance and pulled the trigger when this occured and shot her in the hip, then the bullet would have traveled continually downward and perhaps exited her left inner thigh or lodged in her left thigh or lower extremity.

Secondly, if the bullet lodged just below her right breast, then McCollister would have to have shot upwards from a lower angle, at the level of the lower door molding or perhaps her left thing or hip, which would be completely inconsistent with the angle of "level with her head". Level with a human;s head is not inferior to their hip or inguinal region. Perhaps the Oregonian mis-stated or the testimony ran afoul, but the last time a bullet that I can remember made such a mysterious path based on its origin, we lost a President.

Additionally, I must condemn McCollister's statement that he would not give mouth-to-mouth to "anyone I didn't know". For a man that swore to protect the public and to not want to save someone's life just because he doesn't know them is a wretched statement to say, especially just after the man that swore to proect the public just killed a member of said public.

All this writer can say is that I hope I never collapse and stop breathing in front of Officer McCollister. Or maybe I should get to know him before I do.
I'm appalled at what Scott McCollister is reported to have said 22.Jun.2005 23:16

Portlander

"Additionally, I must condemn McCollister's statement that he would not give mouth-to-mouth to "anyone I didn't know". For a man that swore to protect the public and to not want to save someone's life just because he doesn't know them is a wretched statement to say, especially just after the man that swore to protect the public just killed a member of said public."

This statement is clear proof the man is a RACIST pig! Think carefully about it!

This man supposedly came from a family that pride itself as a family dedicated to law-
enforcement, and yet they may pride themselves a bit too much if they've produced such
a man as this. He does NOT uphold the "image" and one wonders then if that's all it is
anyway for this bunch...image?

Let's look at the FACTS and not silly family-induced delusions that foster self-delusion
that so obviously besets this inept man.

I find it amazing that after such a self-revelatory statement as this that the Africian-
American Police Chief here in Portland could possibly continue to stand by this man and
be able to hold his head high amongst his own people...how dare he NOT fire this creep?

Response to O article 23.Jun.2005 07:34

anon

The Oregonian article is not accurate or complete. The entrance wound was on her left side, approx level with her belly button. The bullet travelled up and across her body and came to rest above her right breast and just under the skin.

McCollister DID point the weapon at her head, but when he actually fired the shot, he had moved back an unknown distance, Kendra was laying across the center console, they were all in movement, and the gun was lower. The bullet trajectory is consistent with the evidence coming out in the trial.