Soldier killed in game of Russian roulette
Tue, 08 Mar 2011 21:32:58 GMT —
The Army says an Alaska soldier who killed himself in a drunken game of Russian roulette had completed two tours of duty in Iraq and had spent time stationed at mid-Missouri's Ft. Leonard Wood.
The new information about 26-year-old Sgt. Michael M. McCloskey of Beverly, N.J., says his last tour was in November 2009.
Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson says McCloskey joined the Army in August 2002 and served at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Fort Bragg, N.C. He arrived in Alaska in March 2010 and served as a construction equipment operator and construction engineer with the 84th Engineer Company, 6th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.
McCloskey shot himself early Sunday at the apartment of fellow soldier Jacob Brouch in the Anchorage suburb of Eagle River. The two were reportedly drinking and posing for Facebook pictures with Brouch's weapons pointed at their heads.Charging documents say that the accident happened in the bedroom of the apartment with a .44 revoler loaded with a single round. McCloskey and Brouch played the game of Russian roulette a couple of times safely: "I did it again and that time I pointed it at my head and clicked," Brouch said, according to the Anchorage Daily News.The New York Daily News reports that the two took a break from playing the game and spent a couple more hours drinking.When they returned to play the game is when McCloskey spun the chamber, pointed the gun at his stomach and fired.According to charging documents, the two exchanged a few words in a Russian accent before the fatal shot.McCloskey was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.Brouch is charged with second-degree murder and weapons misconduct because he provided the gun and ammunition.(The Associate Press contributed to this story)