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For the week of May 16 through May 22, 2001

Gun play turns deadly

Elkhorn man dies in Russian roulette game

"We’ve talked with (Gary) Fisher (a witness) at length and his story seems to be consistent."

Cam Daggett, Sun Valley police Chief

Express Staff Writer

A 38-year-old Elkhorn man killed himself Saturday with what was reported to be the third trigger pull in a game of Russian roulette.

According to the Sun Valley Police Department, Douglas J. Brown was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center with a .357 gunshot wound to his head.

Police received a 911 call on the incident at 5:30 p.m. from Gary Fisher, 28, the resident of an Elkhorn Village condominium. Sun Valley police Chief Cam Daggett said Fisher told police he and Brown had been playing Russian roulette at the residence with Brown’s revolver.

Daggett said evidence analyzed so far is consistent with Fisher’s story. No charges have been filed against Fisher.

Daggett said Fisher reported one bullet had been placed in the gun’s chamber. Fisher spun the barrel, put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger once. Daggett said Fisher told police the barrel was spun again after his turn and that Brown put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger three times. The gun fired on the third shot. Daggett declined comment on whether Brown had spun the barrel between the three times he pulled the trigger.

Daggett said an autopsy was done on Brown’s body by a forensic pathologist in Boise, accompanied by Blaine County Coroner Russ Mikel. He said Mikel reported the autopsy indicated Brown’s head wound was consistent with a self-inflicted shot, due to the angle and proximity of the gun.

However, he said gun powder residue tests have been done on the hands of both Fisher and Brown. He said he has not received the results of those tests.

Daggett said there is no evidence the two men were drinking before the incident occurred. However, he said police are also waiting for results of a toxicology report that should determine whether alcohol was present in Brown’s body.

According to Daggett, Brown had lived in the Wood River Valley for at least 10 years. He had been working for his brother Mike Brown’s construction company.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Wood River Valley Chapel in Hailey.


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