Man dies while playing 'Russian roulette'

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Marshall County man died in the early hours Sunday as a result of what witnesses called Russian roulette.

Jason M. Medel, 24, reportedly died from a single gunshot wound to the chest at a residence on Old Belfast Road.

Medel's relatives identified him at the morgue, and his body was transported to the Medical Examiner's office in Nashville for autopsy.

Lewisburg Police, Marshall County Sheriff's officer and the Emergency Medical Service responded to the 911 call just after 3 a.m.

Sheriff's Detective Keith Jolley reports that witnesses told law enforcement that Medel had been drinking and "decided to play Russian roulette with a .22 revolver."

He "pointed the handgun at (one of the witnesses) and pulled the trigger two times," according to the public document. He "then pointed the gun at his own chest and pulled the trigger and the gun went off. He then asked for help. He told them to call 911. He then walked into the living room and fell on the floor."

One of the witnesses called 911, while another began CPR, and a third met the ambulance on Fayetteville Highway near the Drive-In and guided it to the residence, according to Jolley's report. The gun was a Sentinel .22 caliber revolver, Model R-103.