Gunshot suicide with nasal entry

Forensic Sci Int. 1995 Jan 21;71(1):25-31. doi: 10.1016/0379-0738(94)01608-8.


A man with a long history of depression had recently borrowed a rifle. His body was found on its back in bed in his caravan. A rifle lay over the body with the muzzle pointing towards the head. A suicide note was found at the scene. Autopsy revealed entry via the nose with the track passing through the base of the skull to the right parietal region where the main bullet fragments were located beneath the scalp. The history, scene and autopsy findings were consistent with the gunshot wound being suicidal. We can find only one mention of a suicidal gunshot wound with nasal entry in the English-language literature, although a personal communication informed us of a similar case in the Republic of Ireland within the past two years. We report this case because of its unusual nature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain Injuries / pathology*
  • Cause of Death
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nose / injuries*
  • Nose / pathology
  • Parietal Bone / injuries
  • Postmortem Changes
  • Skull Fractures / pathology
  • Suicide / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Wounds, Gunshot / pathology*