by firing squad in the U.S (Utah
) involves the accused
, wearing a blue jumpsuit with a white cloth attached by velcro over his heart, be escorted to the execution chamber
(Where both lethal injection
s and firing squad executions are carried out). He then has his hands, feet, and neck strapped into a custom chair with holes located in the seat and a pan underneath to catch any blood or other bodily fluids
are located behind the chair to stop any stray or ricocheting bullets
After being restrained, the squad leader
of the 6 man execution team comprised of state police officers will ask the condemned
for any last words
then cover the head with a cloth bag.
Finally, all six officers will go behind a shooting partition located approximately 20 feet directly in front of the chair, aim, and on command, fire their 30-30 caliber rifles simultaneously.
Of the six rifles used, only five contain live rounds, the other contains a blank. Presumably so the executioners can later persuade themselves that they indeed had the blank
round, and the other five were responsible for the death.