A New Year's Eve game of Russian roulette with a large-caliber handgun ended with a 28-year-old Fairfax County man dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, Fairfax County Police said.
Albert Gardner of the 7100 block of Idylwood Road spent the afternoon of New Year's Eve drinking with a 40-year-old acquaintance at the victim's northeastern Fairfax County home, police reports said.
"During the evening, they agreed to engage in a game of Russian roulette," said police spokesman Philip Lively.
The acquaintance took his turn with the gun and pulled the trigger on an empty chamber. Gardner then took the gun, pulled the trigger and shot himself in the head, police said. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Fairfax Hospital at 8:15 p.m.
Police said they have ruled the death an "accidental shooting," not suicide. "They apparently had been consuming alcoholic beverages the better part of the day," Lively said.
The deadly game took place in a small brown house that Gardner shared with a friend, who was not home at the time, police said.
Police are continuing their investigation, said spokesman Warren Carmichael, who added that two deaths from Russian roulette occurred in the county in November. He said that two or three such cases occur each year.