Virginia man kills himself while playing ‘Russian Roulette’ on his birthday

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A Virginia man celebrating his 18th birthday on Saturday died after he shot himself while playing Russian Roulette, according to court documents obtained by WTVR.

Police surrounded a home on Treva Road in Sandston on Saturday night after shots were heard coming from detached garage on the backside of the property.

"All we heard was a gun shot, and I looked back and saw Austin collapse on the floor," said Amber Crampton, the victim’s girlfriend.

According to court documents, Austin Balcarcel was playing with a gun. He opened it, closed it, spun it around once, stuck it to his head and pulled the trigger, according to an affidavit.

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Austin Balcarcel

According to the documents, when Austin pulled the trigger, the gun just clicked and his friend told him to stop. The document states Austin said, “I know how to handle a gun,” and placed the gun to his temple again.

Austin pulled the trigger and the gun discharged.

"It was his and his mom’s birthday,” said Crampton. “We were inside having a good time."

Balcarcel was rushed to VCU Medical Center. He died on Monday.

Police did a search of the detached garage and found the gun hidden in a fertilizer bag.  Affidavits say Austin’s stepfather put it there. The gun was a .38 caliber revolver that had been stolen during a rash of car break-ins in June.

"He was caring and sweet, especially towards his family and me," said Crampton.

9 comments

    • GHOST OF CHIEF BRIER

      But CARING and SWEET…..maybe a little bit dumber than your average blade of grass….but caring and sweet. Think about it, if he wasn’t a thief he wouldn’t of had the gun and wouldn’t have shot himself. So in this case, at least for the rest of us, him being a thief was a good thing.

    • GHOST OF CHIEF BRIER

      Another reason REVOLVERS should be banned. SEMI AUTOMATIC Weapons seem to be the obvious choice. Unless you’re really really ignorant you’d never try playing Russian Roulette with a Semi Automatic…..then again in this guy’s case I guess we couldn’t rule that out.

  • confused

    Police did a search of the detached garage and found the gun hidden in a fertilizer bag. Affidavits say Austin’s stepfather put it there. The gun was a .38 caliber revolver that had been stolen during a rash of car break-ins in June.
    “He was caring and sweet, especially towards his family and me,” said Crampton.
    Really? Caring and sweet? Did you steal for him or he for you?

  • Jim Smith

    This guy was stupid but we are all jumping o the conclusion that he is the one who stole th gun No where in the article says that he stole it, the article simply says it was a stolen gun. His buddy or his step brother or hell his girlfriend could of been the thief.

    • Metal Maniac

      Jim Smith, go back to class and learn how to read. Not only did they hide the gun in a fertilizer bag, it was also stole from a car.

  • Z

    The document states Austin said, “I know how to handle a gun,” and placed the gun to his temple again.

    They should put his famous last words on the headstone.

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