NJ Soldier Killed Playing Russian Roulette

A fellow soldier is being charged with South Jersey native’s murder

Like a scene out of The Deer Hunter, a 26-year-old soldier from Burlington County killed himself in a drunken game of Russian roulette Sunday at a fellow soldier’s home, according to the U.S. Army.

Army Sgt. Michael M. McCloskey of Beverly, N.J. shot himself early Sunday morning during the “game” in the suburban Anchorage, Alaska home of 25-year-old soldier Jacob Brouch, said Army officials.

McCloskey was staying with his friend Brouch and at some point Saturday the men began drinking and posing for photos with a revolver belonging to Brouch, Anchorage Police said.

The men eventually wound up playing a game of Russian roulette that resulted in McCloskey shooting himself in the stomach just after 2 a.m., according to police.

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After completing two tours of duty in Iraq, McCloskey was on active duty working as a construction engineer with the 84th Engineer Company, sixth Engineer Battalion, and third Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Alaska since March 2010, according to the Army.

His fellow soldier, Brouch, was charged with second-degree murder because he allegedly provided the gun, said police.

The death is the first homicide investigated in Anchorage this year, police said.


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