Monk is charged with the murder of the man who killed Trudy, and manages to escape custody in order to figure out what really happened.
Did You Know?
Mr. Monk claims he never fired the gun, yet he did not request that his hands be tested for gunpowder residue, something which could have shown his innocence or at least provided reasonable doubt (especially considering that the sheriff found him moments after the shooting, still holding the gun, with no time or opportunity for him to have washed his hands). As a 14-year police veteran, he undoubtedly would have known this. Further, in a previous episode in which he *did* fire a gun (claiming self-defense), the Captain won't let him so much as wipe his hands, insisting that they must test for gunpowder residue, even though Monk did not deny firing the gun. See more
Lt. Randall Disher
It's funny, this is the kind of case Monk always solves. You know, not funny ha ha funny, you know, more like, not funny at all funny.
References The Fugitive