18-year-old killed while playing Russian roulette with stolen revolver

Austin Balcarcel

An 18-year-old boy died two days after he shot himself while playing Russian roulette at his birthday party on Oct. 18 in Sandston, Virginia.

Police say Austin Balcarcel had gathered with his friends in a detached garage to hang out, smoke pot and drink. But at some point during the party, Balcarcel pulled out a revolver, prompting all but one of his friends to leave.

According to the friend, Balcarcel spun the chamber and closed it, then put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger. The gun “just clicked” the friend said, before he asked Balcarcel to stop. Balcarcel reacted by telling his friend he knew “how to handle a gun,” then put the gun to his head for a second time and pulled the trigger, shooting himself.

The friend said he ran home when Balcarcel shot himself.

When police arrived a short time later, they found the revolver, which Balcarcel’s father had placed in a bag of fertilizer “so that no one could further access it.” Three bullets remained in the chamber and one spent casing was found on the floor.

Balcarcel was rushed to the hospital, but succumbed to his injuries two days later.

The gun, along with other items, were determined to be stolen several months ago from a nearby home.

[ Richmond Times-Dispatch ]

Read More On:

Latest Reviews

  • A Look at the Sig P238, A Year Later

    The Sig Sauer P238 was the first .380 ACP BUG to grace my gun safe, a welcomed addition to the 9mm polymers, .38 SPL revolvers, and .45 ACP 1911s. After more than a year's worth of use, where do I stand on the P238? Let's find out.

    Read More
  • Tuck & Carry: CCW in a Skirt

    Aimed at those who want the comfort and convenience of a skirt but with the protection of a holstered gun, the Tuck & Carry occupies what I term apparel holsters -- that is clothing/holster duos.

    Read More
  • The Marlin Dark in .45-70 is Stealthy and Modern

    Flash forward the lever gun of Western lore to the 2020s, where Marlin has taken that classic design and given it a modern upgrade. Meet the Marlin Dark.

    Read More
  • Gear Review: Sig Sauer Tango 6T 1-6

    Sig Sauer has long been a big name in the firearms industry, so it came as no surprise several years ago when Sig filled out its repertoire with its own optics line. Today, we’re looking at the Tango 6T, a 1-6 low power variable optic.

    Read More