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RPD calls Monday death of 22-year-old 'suspicious'

Jul 10, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Local officials are investigating the Monday morning death of Juan Carlos Galvan, 22, of Riverton.

Galvan died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said the incident has been identified as suspicious by the Riverton Police Department.

Reportedly, Galvan wasn't alone at the time of the shooting, which took place at about 2:45 a.m. Monday in a residence on East Jackson Avenue in Riverton.

"There were other people present," McAuslan said Wednesday.

He said Galvan did not live in the residence where he died.

McAuslan also said the property owner was not home at the time of the shooting.

Riverton Police Department chief Mike Broadhead said detectives still are conducting witness interviews to determine what happened before Galvan died.

"We want to make sure stories are consistent with autopsy results," Broadhead said.

"There are two (people) we need to talk to again to tie up loose ends, then we can release it all."

He wouldn't comment about rumors that Galvan had been playing Russian roulette shortly before the fatal shot.

Russian roulette is defined in the Collins English Dictionary as a game of chance in which each player in turn spins the cylinder of a revolver loaded with only one cartridge and presses the trigger with the barrel against his or her own head.

Galvan reportedly was born in El Paso, Texas, but moved to Riverton when he was 5 years old.

His obituary says he attended Riverton High School.

Galvan had been working in the oil and gas fields since high school. He worked near Big Piney and North Dakota. Most recently he worked for BP Conoco Phillips in Lysite.

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