• FOX23 Investigates: New machine help Tulsa police track gun crimes

    By: Lynn Casey

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    TULSA, Okla. - The Tulsa Police Department is getting a three-year, $800,000 grant that will help fund a new NIBIN machine.

    NIBIN is a system police use to document bullets and shell casings left behind from gun-related crimes. The machine takes microscopic pictures of "fingerprints" the gun leaves behind when it fires.

    The data gathered from the machines is used to help link guns to crimes across Oklahoma.

    Only Oklahoma City and Tulsa have their own forensic ballistic labs. Other cities have to use OSBI labs including driving to Oklahoma City's OSBI lab. NIBIN machines help lighten the load on OSBI who help in most major crime investigations throughout the state.

    Tulsa police will allow the new NIBIN machine to be used by surrounding law enforcement agencies to help get evidence into their system faster. Agencies like Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, Bixby, Coweta and Glenpool have expressed interest so far in signing up.

    Tulsa County Sheriff Vic Regalado says getting that part of the investigation done quickly can help not only link the weapons used in crimes, but it could help stop a series of gun crimes more quickly.

    Watch Lynn Casey's report Wednesday on FOX23 News At 5.


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