A Bullet Runs Through It, Part 1
Season 6
Number 7
Writer Carol Mendelsohn
Director Danny Cannon
Original Airdate November 10, 2005
Previous Episode: Secrets and Flies
Next Episode: A Bullet Runs Through It, Part 2

A Bullet Runs Through It, Part 1 is the seventh episode in season six of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.


The team must process a whole neighborhood when a shootout between the LVPD and a local gang ends with fatalities on both sides and, as the result of a number of mishaps, the residents become increasingly hostile towards the police. Even more so when an innocent boy is shot in the streets and the police are blamed.


Victims: Daniel Bell (deceased), Ricardo Estevez (deceased), Salvador Rosario (deceased), Leandro Chavez (decased), Geraldo Zamesca (alive)

On the case: Entire team

Brass and Sofia are in the middle of a car chase with several other police cruisers. The car carrying the four suspects they're pursuing is weaving wildly through a poorer section of Las Vegas. The suspects fire at the cop cars with automatic weapons until their car overturns. The police cars stop, but the suspects jump out of the cars and continue to fire at the officers. Sergeants Adams and Carroll and Officers Bell and Davis, the original pursuing officers, return fire along with Sofia and Brass until Bell is shot in the neck.

The suspects use the opportunity to flee; Carroll and Davis pursue, with Sofia and Brass behind them. Sofia shoots one of the suspects in the leg and after securing him runs to find Officer Davis out of ammunition and facing a suspect aiming a gun at him. Sofia shoots him. Davis, nervous, touches the suspect's gun after he goes down to secure the weapon. Brass catches up to Officer Carroll, and sees him facing off with another suspect, who has a lowered weapon. When the suspect makes a move, Carroll fires three shots into his chest, killing him. When the CSIs arrive on the scene, three of the suspects are dead, with one on the run. Officer Bell is DOA.

Officers find a gravely wounded teenager who has been shot in the back. His bike is missing; the fourth suspect stole it to escape the scene. Grissom splits the team up to go over the very large crime scene. Members of the largely Hispanic neighborhood are already gathering to watch the proceedings. Grissom bags the gun the suspect Carroll and Brass pursued was carrying and observes a woman and man watching from a nearby window.

Back at the station, Undersheriff McKeen tells Brass that he did a good job, but Brass is not consoled. He sits with Sofia before being called in by Detective Nestor Ortega, who sits with Catherine to take Brass's statement; Catherine is present to collect his gun. Brass tells them he and Sofia had closed a case and were stopping for a bite to eat when they observed the suspects' car followed by the police cars race by and they jumped in their car, intent on helping the officers. Brass can't recall seeing the specific shot that hit Bell. Brass ran after Carroll, but his age slowed him down, and Carroll fired on the suspect when he got to the alley. He hands his gun to Catherine, and she finds that it has one live round in the chamber. Brass doesn't remember firing his gun, but his empty magazines and chamber tell another story. Ortega makes a wry comment about Brass entering a gunfight without any ammo, but Brass wisely stays quiet.

The residents of the neighborhood crowd around the crime scene just past the tape, angry and upset about the carnage in their neighborhood. One onlooker claims that an officer shot a suspect in the back. Nick questions several people, but no one saw anything. In the alley where Carroll shot the suspect, Grissom finds three cartridges - all from Officer Carroll's gun. The suspect's gun was empty, and Grissom asks Det. Vartann why he didn't drop it to avoid being fired upon.

The CSIs continue to work the massive crime scene: Sara pulls bullets out of one woman's house, Bobby Dawson and Hodges go over one of the suspect's guns and Nick processes their car for prints. The heat is turned up on the entire department when Danilo Zamesca, the father of Geraldo, the teen boy who was shot by the fourth suspect and is now in the hospital with his future uncertain, speaks out angrily to the press. Danilo blames the police for the shootout and for Geraldo getting caught in the crossfire so to speak. Warrick runs into trouble at the crime scene when the mother of one of the victims crosses the police tape and runs up to him. She touches Warrick and claims police brutality, which leads to her son running up and assaulting him before being pulled back by several police officers. Tensions are high.

Ortega, with Catherine next to him, questions Sofia. Sofia recalls she and Brass were behind Officer Bell, and also remembers that he took a shot to the torso which was caught by his vest. After Adams told her he would handle Bell, Sofia took off in pursuit of the suspects. She tells Ortega she fired on one of the suspects when she came upon him pointing his gun at Officer Davis. Davis touched the suspect's gun after the shooting, but Sofia says he was acting on survival instinct. The situation continues to get worse when the family of one of the suspects decides to sue the department for wrongful death. Detective Cavaliere has managed to identify the fourth suspect: Jose Fausto. Catherine goes over the 911 calls and finds the one that came in when the whole chase began: the officers were pulling over a Buick when the suspects' car cut in and they switched pursuits. None of the officers knows what became of the Buick. Grissom tracks Greg down along the path of the car chase and finds a hubcap from a Buick in good condition.

Nick is going over the gun from Rosario, the suspect Sofia and Davis pursued, and he discovers a bullet was shot into the gun, rendering it useless. Warrick goes over the gun to prove that Rosario was holding the gun during the shootout and that one of the officers must have fired a round directly into his gun. Catherine pulls the bullet out of Bell's vest, but Doc Robbins has some truly disturbing news for Grissom at the post op: the shot that killed Bell went through his neck from the left to the right meaning it came from the directions the other officers were firing from. Bell was killed by friendly fire. Warrick, Cavaliere and Vartann trace Jose to a motel; inside, they find a 9mm gun and the bike that Geraldo was riding. They arrest Jose, but as they're leading him out, a shot rings out, hitting him right in the chest, killing him. The CSIs and cops look around, but no one can tell where the shot came from.

TO BE CONTINUED flashes across the screen...


Main Cast

Guest Cast

  • Louise Lombard as Sofia Curtis
  • Wallace Langham as David Hodges
  • Alex Carter as Detective Louis Vartann
  • Nestor Serrano as I.A. Detective Nestor Ortega
  • Steve Ryan as Sergeant Adams
  • Conor O'Farrell as Undersheriff Jeffrey McKeen
  • José Zúñiga as Detective Chris Cavaliere
  • Brennan Elliott as Sergeant Carroll
  • Colby French as Officer Davis
  • Daniel Bess as Officer Daniel Bell
  • Gerald McCullouch as Bobby Dawson
  • David Berman as David Phillips
  • Laurie Fortier as Nancy
  • Bre Blair as Tracy Bell
  • Lamont Thompson as SWAT Officer
  • Jesse Warren as Junkie
  • A Martinez as Danilo Zamesca
  • Greg Anthony as Ricardo "Roofie" Estevez
  • Daniel Arrias as Leandro "Leggy" Chavez
  • Brenda Canela as Gloria Torres
  • Diana Carreno as Hooker
  • Cynthia DeCure as Rosa Cerna
  • Scott DeFoe as SWAT Commander
  • Mitchell Fink as Paramedic Ryan Fink
  • Noe Gonzalez as Neighbor
  • Tonyo Meléndez as Man
  • Seth Michaels as Stuckey's Brother
  • Larry Mitchell as Officer Mitchell
  • Marco Morales as Salvador "Stuckey" Romero
  • Jose Rosario as Tomas Castillo
  • Ashlyn Sanchez as April Torres
  • Sophia Santi as Stuckey's Mother
  • Barry Sigismondi as Officer #2
  • Josh Sinisterra as Geraldo Zamesca
  • Ty Upshaw as Officer #1
  • Edwin Villa as Jose "Lucky" Fausto
  • Tom Warden as Himself

Episode Title

  • The title is likely a take on A River Runs Through It, a book that was turned into a 1992 movie that starred Craig Sheffer and Brad Pitt.


  • This is the first of three episodes Nick has a mustache. Warrick later called him 'mustache boy' because of it.

See Also

CSI:Las Vegas Season 6
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