Florida teen kills self during game of Russian Roulette

LARGO, FLORIDA (BNO NEWS) -- A U.S. teenager, who was critically injured earlier this week while playing a game of Russian Roulette with friends, has died at a hospital in central Florida, police said on Sunday.

The incident happened at approximately 7:30 p.m. local time on Friday when 17-year-old Thorin R. Montgomery was playing a game of Russian Roulette with his friends at his home in Largo, a city about 19 miles (30 kilometers) west of Tampa. First responders found him suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

Detectives said Montgomery was playing the game with three of his friends, ages 19, 18 and 16, in the back porch of the house. "Montgomery was the first of his friends to have a turn at the game when the gun discharged and he received a gunshot wound to the head," the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Montgomery was airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg and remained in a critical condition until he died on early Sunday morning. Police said the Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy in the coming days to officially determine the cause and matter of death.

Officials have not said whether anyone will face charges or if Montgomery's parents knew about the game.

In March 2011, 26-year-old U.S. soldier Michael Metthew McCloskey was killed while playing Russian Roulette with another soldier at a house in the Alaskan community of Eagle River. The second soldier, 25-year-old Jacob Brouch, was later charged with Murder in the Second Degree for knowingly providing the weapon which resulted in the death of his friend.

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  • Anonymous

    “Back to the Future”?

    I was fourteen when “The Deer Hunter” came out. I well remember the media shrieking that a wave of russian roulette insanity was sweeping the youth of the nation.

    It is a bummer, however. I can only assume that very bored and unhappy kids would do something so stupid, pointless and dangerous.

  • lemon

    Who won the game?

  • http://twitter.com/spoutinghorn William J. P.

    What kind of gun was it? Have heard of idiots killing themselves playing Russian Roulette with a semi-auto.

  • Anonymous

    There is an unbelievable add at the top of my copy of this story. It shows a gun with the barrel pointing backward and the trigger forward, with the caption” Become a Gunsmith Free Career Kit.” WTF???

  • Holly

    My heart goes out to the parents of this child, teenagers do ALL kinds of things they are pressured into doing, stupid, and dangerous things, just to fit in! Pier pressure is the ONE thing that over rides ALL intelligence and rules and morals your parents teach you. God be with the family, this is the most heart wrenching pain imaginable!

  • holly

    And for the question to come up, if the parents knew? really??? “Officials have not said whether anyone will face charges or if Montgomery’s parents knew about the game.” What kind of an idiot would even THINK the parents could know about this going on and allow it??? Talk about STUPID…whoever thinks this is really stupid!

  • Anonymous

    In April 2012, Brouch was acquitted of manslaughter. Guilty of a 2nd degree weapons misconduct. It would be nice if news agencies referenced the whole story.