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Man's death not accidental, but no proof seen of Russian roulette

Jul 12, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Riverton Police Department chief Mike Broadhead addressed speculation Thursday that Juan Carlos Galvan, 22, of Riverton, died during a game of Russian roulette.

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.

"People are involved in this game and randomly take their chance," Broadhead said. "That did not happen. ... It was more along the lines of an accident than a game, (or) perhaps careless handling is a better way to describe it."

Galvan died early Monday due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Coroner Ed McAuslan, who has ruled the death a suicide.

"Under the circumstances, this was an intentional act," McAuslan said. "It's not an accident ... based on the evidence we had and the autopsy."

He said officials had discussed the Russian roulette scenario, but there was "nothing there to confirm that's what actually happened."

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.

Galvan reportedly did not live at the home, and McAuslan said the property owner was not present at the time of the shooting.

Galvan's obituary says he was born in El Paso, Texas, and moved to Riverton when he was 5 years old. He also attended Riverton High School, according to his obituary.

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