Homicide & Nonfatal Shooting Investigations

Tools for Investigators


The following checklist was created by Michael Medaris and is designed as a general outline of what the District Attorney’s Office will be requesting at charging or shortly thereafter. It is by no means exhaustive. Every case presents its own unique set of circumstances and many cases call for ‘thinking outside of the box(es)’ that are presented below. However, below is a good starting point for a detective to consider during the investigation of his/her case.

Homicide Case Information Checklist

The following checklist was created by Beth Huebner and Natalie Hipple and is designed to help your agency work through how to define a nonfatal shooting and to collect ample data on these events. A clear definition of a nonfatal shooting has been provided and will allow for consistent measurement and reporting. Agencies may want to alter their data collection methodologies based on local data availability and local norms. For further information, please reference A Nonfatal Shooting Primer by Beth Huebner and Natalie Hipple.

Defining and Collecting Data about Nonfatal Shootings: A Checklist

The following checklist was created by Michael Medaris. This investigative checklist is not all-encompassing and serves only as a guide to remind investigators of the myriad steps related to the complex and varied processes of criminal investigations. This checklist can be referred to at any stage during the investigative process, especially after the case has been inactive for a period of time with no significant progress being made. It is recommended that a group of personnel who are familiar with the case be involved in discussing the items on the checklist as they relate to their specific case. This serves to bring a broader body of experience and perspective to the analysis and discussion of how to proceed with the investigation.

Nonfatal Shootings Investigative Checklist