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Ann Arbor man dies while playing Russian roulette after night of drinking, police say
Updated On: Jun 13, 2009


Ann Arbor man dies while playing Russian roulette after night of drinking, police say

by Jo Mathis | The Ann Arbor News
Wednesday May 13, 2009, 8:04 AM

Ann Arbor police say a 41-year-old man shot himself dead in what appears to have been a solitaire game of Russian roulette following a night of drinking with his friends.

Three friends of David Ryan told police they'd been drinking at The Blind Pig in downtown Ann Arbor Friday night and returned to the victim's house in the 1000 block of Westaire Way at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

They say they were sitting on the side porch of the house when Ryan, who was highly intoxicated, went to get his revolver. He stuck a bullet in the six-cylinder chamber and spun it around, then put the gun to his head behind his ear.

The friends told police they could see that the bullet was not in the firing position before he pulled the trigger. But then, with no explanation, the man pulled the trigger again and the gun fired, police said.

Detective Sgt. Richard Kinsey said alcohol and drugs were clearly a factor and are investigating how Ryan obtained the gun.

Lt. Mike Logghe said Ryan was kept on life support at University of Michigan Hospitals until Tuesday when his organs were donated to others.

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