A Conyers man died early Thursday after a gunshot to the head that investigators were told was the result of an unfortunate game of Russian Roulette.
The victim was identified as 30-year-old Brandon Thomas. He reportedly lived alone at 1120 S. Main Street, Apt. 13, the apartment where the shooting occurred.
Police received a call of a gunshot at the Arbor Creek Apartments 4:30 a.m. Witnesses described hearing several people talking and drinking for a couple hours and were out on the porch, said CPD Capt. Jack Dunn. "All of a sudden the talking got real loud and they heard a gunshot."
Witnesses looked outside and saw several men leaving in cars and were able to provide a description of the cars to police.
The man who was shot in the head, a resident of the apartment complex, was declared deceased at the scene. A revolver was located next to him.
Officers located the men who had fled. They told investigators that they had been drinking with their friend when he began acting irrationally.
The two other men who had been with Arbor Creek Apartments resident had called a third friend over because they wanted to leave, they told police.
As they were all leaving, the resident reportedly said to them, "If ya'll are going to drink my alcohol, y'all are going to play my game," and pulled out a revolver to play Russian Roulette.
"They said they didn't want to," said Dunn.
The men saw their friend begin taking bullets out of the revolver chambers.
"They heard the shot and they fled because they were scared," said Dunn.
"We are in the process of investigating it as a homicide," Dunn continued. Evidence is being tested to see if it corroborates with the men's story.
So far, the evidence seems to be corresponding. The gun was a five shot revolver, and four rounds were in the victim's pocket and one spent shell at the scene. Phone calls and texts from the men who fled seem to be consistent with their stories as well, said Dunn.
The victim was reportedly shot behind his ear, on the back half of his head.
Investigators are awaiting results from forensic tests such as testing for traces of gunpowder on the hands of the victim and the men who fled.
"We are not looking for any additional suspects," he said. "We're just trying to check the stories with the evidence."