U.S. Soldier Dies In Game Of Russian Roulette

Very sad… my condolences go out to his family. But 3 things should stick out here:

1) Alcohol + guns
2) Guns not treated with respect
3) Guns treated as toys or games

Any two of those three could cause serious harm or death. All three is a recipe for disaster.

An Army soldier died early Sunday morning and his friend was behind bars after a game of Russian roulette. At about 2 a.m. Anchorage police were called to an Eagle River home, where a 26-year-old male had been shot in the abdomen.

Police are not releasing his name, but say he is originally from North Carolina and was taken to Providence Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. He belonged to the 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade at Joint Base Elmenford-Richardson.

The soldier was at the home of his friend, 25-year-old Jacob Brouch, on the 11600 block of Dawn Street. Police say the weekend started with drinking, then turned to posing for photos with a revolver that belonged to Brouch, and ended with a deadly game.

According to APD, Brouch’s wife and children were home at the time but no one else was injured.

“Detectives determined that the victim was holding the gun to his stomach when he fired his weapon, which had a round in his chamber, and resulted in his death,” said APD spokesperson Anita Shell. “It’s a very, very, dangerous game, one that should never be played. Weapons are not to be pointed, and unfortunately he destroyed his own life by pulling the trigger.”

Brouch is charged with murder in the second degree for knowingly providing the weapon which resulted in the death of his friend. His bail will be set Monday during his arraignment.