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Man shoots himself in game of Russian roulette

By: Megan Lowry Email
By: Megan Lowry Email

CRAWFORD Co., Wis. (WEAU) — Early Friday morning first responders were called to a home in Gays Mills for a report of a man who had shot himself in the head.

The Crawford County Sheriff's Department said when they arrived at the home, they found Donald Macleod, 29, seated in a chair with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his head. Deputies say other people in the room were applying pressure to the wound and giving Macleod first aid.

Macleod was transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital and later to Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse. He died of his injures Saturday, April 12th.

Crawford County investigators say Macleod and his friend Branston Haggerty, 44, had been drinking together for several hours. Later in the evening, the two were met by another friend 42-year-old Diane Lynch and went back to Haggerty’s home.

Deputies say according to Lynch and Haggerty, Macleod picked up a loaded .22 caliber revolver that belonged to Haggerty and told them he wasn’t afraid to play Russian roulette. Deputies say according to Haggerty, Macleod took three bullets out of the gun so every other cylinder was empty. Haggerty told investigators Macleod then put the gun to his head and fired, causing the fatal injury.

Haggerty and Lynch were taken to the Sheriff’s Department where they were questioned and later released.

The incident remains under investigation.


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