Arkansas Man Kills Himself Playing Russian Roulette

Oct 26, 2015

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, 20-year-old James Baker of Conway killed himself after playing a deadly firearm game.

Police say Baker was reportedly smoking marijuana with three friends at Prairie Wings, a 1,625-acre private hunting property in Jefferson County, when he told one of them he wanted to play Russian roulette. The two other friends were asleep at the time.

The sheriff's office reports that Baker's friend advised him that he didn't want to play the game, but Baker reportedly insisted and proceeded to load one round into a handgun.

Police say Baker pointed the weapon towards the ceiling and pulled the trigger, but the weapon did not discharge. At least one of Baker's friends left the room in order to wake the others when they reportedly heard a second shot.

The three friends found Baker lying in a pool of blood with what appeared to be a single self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

Baker's friends had no cellphone reception to make an emergency call, so they loaded his body into a vehicle and headed to a local hospital. Doctors say Baker had already died before he made it to the emergency room.