A Bullet Runs Through It, Part 2
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Season 6
Number 8
Writer Carol Mendelsohn
Director Kenneth Fink
Original Airdate November 17, 2005
Previous Episode: A Bullet Runs Through It, Part 1
Next Episode: Dog Eat Dog

A Bullet Runs Through It, Part 2 is the eighth episode in season six of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.


The CSIs shift through the overwhelming evidence from a shootout with drug dealers in order to determine who is responsible for the death of a police officer killed during the incident.


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

On the case: Entire team

In the wake of the Jose Fausto shooting, the department heads take stock of the media mess surrounding the car chase that left one officer and three suspects dead. Ecklie notes that eyewitnesses are claiming Officer Carroll shot an unarmed man, but both Brass and Carroll saw a gun in the Ricardo Estevez's hand. Eyewitnesses saw Officer Davis planting a gun on Salvador Rosario, but Sofia says Davis touched the suspect's gun in error. Leandro Chavez bled out from treatable wounds, but Officer Bell was the paramedics' first priority at the scene. The biggest question that remains is who shot Bell, and Grissom has grim news for them: Bell was killed by friendly fire.

Sofia is devastated by the fact that she may have shot Bell, and she turns to Grissom for support. She tells him she recalls that Bell was between her and the suspects, but before she can get any further, Sara interrupts, reminding Sofia she shouldn't be at the lab and recommending a departmental counselor as an alternative.

Back at the scene of the Fausto shooting, a cartridge is discovered in a motel room facing the parking lot where Fausto was shot, but the shooter is long gone. The Buick Regal the officers were originally pursuing when the Caprice cut them off is discovered in an alley, torched almost beyond recognition. Sergeant Adams takes Catherine and Ortega back to where he and Bell first spotted the Buick - they chased it because of a domestic dispute between a man and a pregnant woman in a parking lot. Catherine spots a surveillance camera and thinks it could provide answers.

Greg tells Grissom that the suspects started shooting at the police twenty blocks north of the crime scene. All ammo evidence he recovered was from the AK's; there were no police cartridge cases or bullets recovered. Hodges intervenes and informs Grissom that he found red clay chips on Ricardo's gun, so Grissom returns to the scene with Sara, Brass, Carroll and Hodges to reconstruct the scene. A red clay roof right next to the alley where Ricardo fled provides the answers. Ricardo tried to toss his gun but because of a chipped shingle on the roof, the gun fell back into his hand, and that's when Carroll turned back after Brass ran into the alley and spotted him, gun in hand, and proceeded to fire. Back at the lab, Catherine notices the couple arrive in a Geo Metro and switch to the Buick. The man pulls out a hide-a-key, which Catherine can't find on the car but is able to recover from the debris from auto transport. She recovers a print from the hide-a-key.

Things continue to get worse for the department as Danilo, whose son Geraldo was shot in the back while on his way to school, talks to the news media about his anger over the police's failure to make a statement about his son's shooting. Bobby Dawson and Hodges are able to determine that the bullet from the Torres' house that Sara recovered in a candle is from a police-issued gun, and it has blood on it. They send it to DNA.

Brass and Sofia meet in a diner, both shell-shocked from the fallout of the gun battle. Brass tells Sofia about a shooting he was involved in as a young cop, but she's still haunted by Bell's death, and the patrol officers who spot the two in the diner cast scornful looks their way. The fingerprint on the hide-a-key leads Catherine and Ortega to Carlos Contranos and his girlfriend Bianca, whose pregnancy was faked - a cover for running drugs. But when they catch the pair and bring them in for questioning, they refuse to answer any questions, terrified by what will be done to them by the people they were working for if they do.

Wendy tells Grissom the blood on the bullet from the Torres' house is indeed Bell's, but Bobby says because the jacket is completely stripped from the bullet that there's no way to tell which officer's gun it came from. Meanwhile, Catherine tells Ecklie that the substance in the packages delivered to Carlos and Bianca was cocaine. However, the return addresses on the packages are fake, they're not talking and the four suspects are dead.

Grissom, Greg, Sara and Nick head back to the crime scene to reconstruct the shooting using lasers and a dummy. Sara takes Sofia's spot, while Nick moves into Brass's. Using the lasers, they determine that Bell stood up at some point during the gunfight. Furthermore, they find that Sofia couldn't have fired the shot that killed Bell, but Brass must have stood up - putting him in the exact position to fire the fatal shot. Grissom has the grim task of giving Brass the unfortunate news, while Sofia learns from Ortega that she's been cleared.

Grissom attends the community meeting McKeen has set up to appease the angry citizens of the neighborhood where the shooting occurred. When an angry Danilo asks about his son, Grissom informs him that Fausto was the one who shot his son in order to steal his bike, and that the boy wasn't hit by errant fire from the officers. Brass attends Bell's funeral and is shunned by the other cops. Ortega tells him that he will have to answer to a review board, and that his opinion is that it was a bad shot. Mrs. Bell learns that Brass is the one who shot her husband, but she is more forgiving - she embraces him and tells him she knows it wasn't his fault as he sobs and tells her how sorry he is.


Main Cast

Guest Cast

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.

Major Events

  • This is the first time Hodges went out into the field.


Catherine: So just how bad was the meeting with the undersheriff?
Ecklie: Worse than the dentist, but better than the proctologist.


  • When the "CSI Shot" of the firing of Brass'/Curtis' gun; it shows a Glock being fired. Both of the detectives carry Sig-Sauer 9mm handguns.


  • Brass has been disciplined or suspended six or seven times in his career.
  • Hodges is not good at sports.

See Also

CSI:Las Vegas Season 6
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