A game of Russian roulette with a dog ended when a College Street man put a bullet in his own head. Russell Little was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital late on Tuesday following the self-inflicted gunshot wound in the backyard of his home.
Little's wife told police he was sitting in the backyard depressed and drinking moonshine when he took a handgun and began playing Russian roulette with the pet dog at about 9 p.m.
"After a couple of empty clicks aimed at the dogs head, she said he got tired of that, then put the gun to his own head and pulled the trigger," said Capt. Jim Andrews of the South Bend Police Department.
An emergency medical technician was overheard on a police radio describing X-rays that showed the bullet entered near the victim's right ear and lodged in the left side of his skull. Little was still alive as an ambulance transported him to hospital, but died as a result of the gunshot about 45 minutes later.