Teenager Shoots Himself in Head Playing Russian Roulette

A teenage boy from Oregon has died playing Russian roulette by himself, according to local reports.

The boy, who is yet to be formally named by authorities, died of a gunshot wound in the early hours of Monday morning in the Portland suburb of Sherwood.

Sherwood Police Captain Ty Hanlon said at a press briefing that witness interviews confirmed that the boy died of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound in a mobile home near the Sherwood Charter School.

“It appears that he brought a handgun with him and from witnesses’ accounts that he was playing a game known as Russian roulette,” Hanlon told local news outlet KOIN 6 News. “It is believed that he showed up and initiated this all on his own.

“Upon arrival, our officers found a subject on the ground who appeared to have suffered from a gunshot wound to his head.”

The weapon is believed to be a .357 revolver and it is understood that there was at least one “click” of the chamber before the fatal shot.

Russian roulette involves placing one live round into the chamber and spinning the chamber so that it is not known where the live round is. The trigger is then pulled while the gun is held to the player’s head, giving them a one in six chance of being hit by the bullet.

The accident comes two months after a game of Russian roulette killed a Mississippi teenager. Tovaris Deloach, 17, died in November from injuries relating to a gunshot wound to the head. The incident resulted in retaliation shootings, according to local media, after people refused to believe the shooting was self-inflicted.

“Forensic evidence and witness statements and the forensic examination of the scene support the fact that it was a self-inflicted gunshot,” investigator Brent Swan said at the time. “All the evidence points toward it. The facts are the facts.”

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Police believe the Sherwood teen was from Marion County but was not a resident of the home in which he shot himself.

“We have a lot of young people in the [mobile home] park, we have almost 40 children under 18 in the park,” said local resident Ken McPherson. “It’s usually kids younger than 20 that I see down there.”

The investigation is currently ongoing and local police are being assisted by the Washington County Major Crimes Team.

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