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Forensic Firearms Examiner Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Forensic Firearms Ballistics Examiner Expert Witness, Forensic Firearms, Crime Scene Investigation, Firearms, Forensic Ballistic Examination, Shooting Reconstruction, Bullet Cartridge Case Comparison, Gunshot Residue, Distance Determination

Expert Witness No. 492

 

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

Forensic Science Experience:

Forensic Toxicology
Analyzed blood and urine samples for the presence of controlled substances using Radio Immunoassay Techniques.
Forensic Serology
Analyzed sexual assault evidence for the presence of sperm and/or semen, ABO and Polymorphic Isozyme Typing as well as evaluating evidence for DNA Analysis.
Forensic Firearms
Identify fired bullets and cartridge cases back to specific firearms, render firearms safe, conduct bullet path analysis, and perform distance determination on evidence. Respond to shooting crime scenes to coordinate the collection, preservation and analysis of physical evidence.
Crime Scene Investigation
Respond to Crime Scenes to coordinate the collection, preservation and analysis of physical evidence.

  • Qualified as an expert in California Superior Court in the Areas of Forensic Serology, Forensic Firearms Analysis and
    Crime Scene Investigation.
  • Qualified as an expert in the State of Texas in the area of Forensic Firearms Analysis.
  • Currently a Member of the Los Angeles County Superior Court Expert Witness Panel in the area of ballistics

Responsible for the creation and development of a Forensic Firearms Program for the Oxnard Police Department, Oxnard CA. My
responsibilities were to identify fired bullets and cartridge cases back to specific firearms, render firearms safe, conduct bullet path
analysis, and perform distance determination on evidence. Respond to shooting crime scenes to coordinate the collection,
preservation and analysis of physical evidence. Purchase necessary equipment to conduct all the aforementioned analysis.

Forensic Lecture/Instruction Experience:
Instructed new and seasoned detectives in the collection and preservation of physical evidence at crime scenes as an Assistant
Instructor with the Robert Presley institute of Criminal Investigation.

Guest Lecturer at the LACBA ICDA seminar on September 2016.

Microbiology Lab Experience:
Worked in Microbiology Prep Room, preparing bacteriological media, setting up Microbiology lab classes for instructor, autoclaving lab specimens and equipment at Cal State University Los Angeles for 4 quarters.
California Department of Public Health letter approving me for participation as a Public Health Microbiologist Trainee.
Education:
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Microbiology, California State University at Los Angeles CA. December 1990.

Television Work/Appearances :
JFK The Smoking Gun: Inside the Evidence on Reelz TV.
Mostly True Stories: Urban Legends Revealed Episode 11 on TLC.
History Channel Gangland Series “Murder By Number” Episode.
LAPD: Life on the Beat.
Straight To You. Local Cable TV show in Ventura County. Premier Episode April 2008.

Teaching Experience:
I am a credentialed Instructor with the State of California in the area of Career Technical Education. I have taught Forensic Science and SB1626 to Students in the Public Safety Academy at the East San Gabriel Valley ROP/TC and also instructed 10th and 11th grade high school students in the area of Forensic Science and Administration of Justice at Edgewood High School in West Covina as part of my assignment with the East San Gabriel Valley ROP/TC.
I am was a substitute teacher with LAUSD Division of Adult and Career Education were I have taught students in the areas of Forensic Science, Police Science and state mandated training so that adults may get the Security Guard Card from the State of California. I have taught at the Abram Freidman Occupational Center and the Richard N. Slawson Southeast Occupational Center
I have taught 4 semesters of Environmental Science at Diamond Bar High School as part of my assignment with the East San Gabriel Valley ROP/TC.
I rewrote the Forensic Science curriculum for East San Gabriel Valley ROP/TC and it was accepted as an A through G Science in the State Of California, the name of the course is “Chemistry through Forensics”
I am currently teaching 6 periods of the Chemistry through Forensics Course at Diamond Bar High School and have been teaching this course since August of 2016.

Teaching Course Work and Training:
Attended Walnut Valley Unified School District Mini University 2.0 training session at Walnut High School on March 5 2015: Attended class titled “The Asian Student in the American Classroom”.
Attended Walnut Valley Unified School District Mini University 3.0 training session at Walnut High School on February 26 2016. Attended classes titled” Keep Calm Career Readiness is here” and “Mindset and the Hidden Workings of Our Brain/Mind that Affect Student (and Our) Achievement and Success”.
Attended Walnut Valley Unified School District Mini University 4.0 training session at Walnut High School on February 24,2017. Attended Classes “The Whole Child: Considerations, Strategies and Paradigmatic Action Plans”, “Busting Neuromyths: What is the truth behind the brain and learning”.
Foundations of Classroom Management. Jan. 20- Mar. 9 2016. University of San Diego
Foundations of Curriculum. Apr.28 – Jun.16 2016. University of San Diego.
Teaching English Learners and Students with Special Needs. July 13 2016 – Currently. University of San Diego
California Career Pathways Consortia and California Partnership Academies. Educating For Careers Annual Conference. March 6-8,2016. Sacramento CA.
Active Shooter In-Service Training at East San Gabriel Valley ROP April 12,2016.

Employment Summary:

  • Student Professional Worker, Los Angeles Police Department, Scientific Investigation Division. Assigned to the Forensic Toxicology Unit. May 1988 to July 1991
  • Criminalist, Los Angeles Police Department, Scientific Investigation Division. Assigned to the Forensic Serology Unit July 1991 to July 1994 and November 2002 to May 2003.
  • Criminalist, Los Angeles Police Department, Scientific Investigation Division. Assigned to the Firearms Analysis Unit July 1994 to November 2002.
  • Assistant Instructor with the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation September 1995 to September 1996.
  • Forensic Scientist, Bexar County Criminal Investigation Laboratory, San Antonio Texas. Assigned to the Firearms Analysis Unit May 2004 to November 2004.
  • Criminalist, in charge of the Forensic Firearms Unit of the Investigations Bureau, Oxnard Police Department, Oxnard CA. Assigned
    December 2004 to June 2011.
  • Independent Firearms Examiner currently a Member of the Los Angeles County Superior Court Expert Witness Panel in the area of Ballistics. As an
  • Independent Firearms Examiner on the Los Angeles Superior Court Expert Witness Panel I work on indigent criminal defendant cases in which various attorneys hire me. These cases are civil and/or criminal in nature. November 2011 to currently
  • Credentialed Instructor with the State of California in the area of Career Technical Education, currently I am an Instructor for the East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Center: Public Safety Academy where I instruct students in the area of Forensic Science and SB1626. October 2012 to 2014. Part of this assignment I also instruct high school students at Edgewood High School in the city of West Covina CA. in the area of Forensic
  • Science and Administration of Justice. February 2013 to May 2014
    Instructor with Abraham Friedman Occupational Center of Los Angeles Unified School District. I instructed students in the area of Forensic Science and Security Guard Trainee. January 2014 to May 2014.
  • Instructor with East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Center: I instructed students in Environmental Science at Diamond Bar High School. August 2014-August 2016
  • Instructor with East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Center I am instructing High School students in Administration of Justice at the Del Norte Campus. September 2014 to August 2016.
  • I am currently teaching 6 periods of the Chemistry through Forensics Course at Diamond Bar High School and have been teaching this course since August of 2016 to present

Forensic Course Work and Training:

  • Toured Bar-Sto Precision Machine: To familiarize myself with the process of gun barrel manufacturing. Twenty-Nine Palms CA. June 15, 2010.
  • Attended 2010 AFTE Conference in Henderson NV. May 2, 2010 – May 7th 2010.
  • Attended 2008 AFTE Conference in Honolulu HI. May 18th- May 23rd 2008.
  • Toured Independent Studio Services (ISS) in Tujunga CA. to familiarize myself with the different methods and techniques used to make movie weapons appear as realistic in function and form as possible. As well as the manufacture of those props. May 20th 2008.
  • Gunshot Residue Analysis: Interesting Scenarios and Problems encountered workshop at AFTE Conference May 20th 2008.
  • Attended 2007 AFTE Conference in San Francisco CA. May 7th 2007 – May 20th 2007. Attended 2004 and 2005 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor
  • Trade show (Shot Show) for the purposes of obtaining reference material on new trends and products in Firearms and Ammunition development.
  • ATF Nibin Training Largo, Florida. November 2004.
  • Texas Association of Firearms and Toolmark Examiners Conference, Austin Texas October 2004.
  • Pathology of Wounds Course, California Criminalistics Institute, California Department of Justice, December 1999.
  • Tour of Bexar County Criminal Investigation Laboratory, San Antonio Texas February 1998.
  • Tour of Austin Police Department Crime Lab, Austin Texas, October 2004.
  • Blood Spatter Analysis Workshop, Noslow Forensic Consultations November 1999.
  • Tour of Orange County Crime Lab, Orange County CA, March 1998.
  • Tour Of Santa Ana Police Crime Lab, Santa Ana CA, December 2005.
  • Serial Number Restoration Course, ATF National Lab Center, March 1998.
  • Beretta Armorer’s School, April 1998.
  • Colt Armorer’s School, August 1997.
  • Glock Armorer’s School, August 1995.
  • Ruger Armorer’s School
  • Shooting Crime Scene Reconstruction and Processing Course, FBI Academy, Quantico VA. September 1996.
  • Crime Scene Investigation I Course, California Criminalistics Institute, California Department of Justice, October 1993.
  • Crime Scene Investigation II Course, California Criminalistics Institute, California Department of Justice, July 1995.
  • Crime Scene Reconstruction, California Criminalistics Institute, California Department of Justice, October 1997.
  • Firearms Safety in the Laboratory Environment Course, California Criminalistics Institute, California Department of Justice, May 1995.
  • Forensic Microscopy Course, McCrone Research Institute, March 1993.
  • Bullet Path Analysis Course, Los Angeles Police Department, Scientific Investigation Division training, June 1992.
  • Microscopy of Rape Evidence Course, California Criminalistics Institute, California Department of Justice, September 1993.
  • Blood Borne and Airborne Pathogen Course, City Of Los Angeles Los Angeles CA. June 1995.
  • Tour of Arcadia Machine and Tool (AMT) Firearms Manufacturing Company, to research and study the methods and manufacturing techniques of firearms produced by this manufacturing company, Irwindale California April 1995.
  • Tour of Pacific Tube company to research and study the methods and manufacturing techniques of barrels produced by this manufacturing company, December 1994.
  • Tour of Pioneer Broach Manufacturing Company to research and study the methods and manufacturing techniques of broaches produced by this manufacturing company, October 1994.
  • Calico Light Weapons Manufacturing Company, to research and study the methods and manufacturing techniques of firearms produced by this manufacturing company, Bakersfield CA. September 1994. Antique Firearms Collection Tour, Los Angeles County Museum of National History, September 1994.
  • Toured Surefire Ammunition Manufacturing Company, to research and study the methods and manufacturing techniques of ammunition and ammunition components produced by this manufacturing company, Pacoima CA. August 1994.
  • Toured Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Firearms Lab, Los Angeles CA August 1994.
  • Toured Accu-Tec Firearms Manufacturing Company to research and study the methods and manufacturing techniques of firearms produced produced by this manufacturing company, October 1994.
  • Attended weeklong Forensic Chemist Seminar, DEA Laboratory, McLean VA. September 1993.
  • Forensic Serology Course, California Criminalistics Institute, California Department of Justice, October 1992.
  • Fingerprint Enhancement Training, Los Angeles Police Department, Scientific Investigation Division training, May 1992
  • Crime Scene Photography training, Los Angeles Police Department, Scientific Investigation Division training, May 1992.
  • Detection Of Latent Prints training, Los Angeles Police Department, Scientific Investigation Division training, May 1992.
  • Firearms Safety training, Los Angeles Police Department, Scientific Investigation Division training, May 1992.
  • Detection, Collection and Booking of Physiological Fluids training, Los Angeles Police Department, Scientific Investigation Division training, April 1992.
  • Radio Procedures training, Los Angeles Police Department, Scientific Investigation Division training, April 1992.
  • Courtroom Testimony training, Los Angeles Police Department, Scientific Investigation Division training, March 1992.
  • Evidence Procedures training Los Angeles Police Department, Scientific Investigation Division training, May 1992.
  • Forensic Application and Molecular Biology Course, Biology Course 471 California State University at Fullerton CA. September 1990 to June 1991.
  • Toured Ventura County Crime Lab, Ventura County CA. August 2008.
  • Taught Oxnard Police Department Citizen Academy on October 19, 24, 26 and 28 2005.
  • Los Angeles Police Department Instructor Development Course, August 4 to August 13 1997

Awards:

  • Ten Year service pin from the City Of Los Angeles.
  • Professional Organizations:
  • Life Time Member of the NRA

 

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