Man dies in Fairbanks shooting

Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man is dead after shooting himself in the head while playing Russian roulette Friday, according to Fairbanks police.

Daniel J. Atwood, 26, died at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital at 4:25 a.m., almost three hours after police responded to a report that a man had shot himself.

Sgt. Jim Geier said Atwood was playing Russian roulette when he shot himself with a .38-caliber revolver. The gun belonged to a friend whom Atwood was visiting and who witnessed the shooting.

Atwood was alive when police and medics arrived on scene at around 1:30 a.m.

The shooting has been ruled accidental.

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