SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — Orange County Sheriff’s investigators are now the first law enforcement authorities in the United States using 3D technology to help solve crimes.

KNX 1070’s Ron Kilgore reports the high-tech database represents a big leap forward in ballistics technology for the Orange County Crime Lab (OCCL).

Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens, Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Anaheim Police Department Chief Raul Quezada were among several law enforcement officials on hand at the Orange County Sheriff’s Brad Gates Building.

The bullet database – which police say recently connected two separate Anaheim Police Department cases involving firearms – has provided several other bullet and cartridge hits in cases being investigated by numerous other agencies in Orange County, according to Orange County Crime Lab Director Bruce Houlihan.

“3D bullets have very high resolution, great image enhancement capability that allows us to get cold-hits on cases that we did not have associations with,” said Houlihan.

Since the new technique has yet to be tested in court, Houlihan said prosecutors will still submit the traditional test along with the new one using 3D technology.

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