Teen dies on New Year's Day
A teenage boy died in Sherwood when he reportedly shot himself in the head with a handgun early on New Year's Day, according to the Sherwood Police.
The incident occurred as a result of reportedly playing Russian Roulette, Police confirmed.
Officers responded at approximately 3:50 a.m. Monday, Jan. 1, to the 23000 block of Southwest Main Street on a reported self-inflicted gunshot call. Witnesses reported the teen bringing the handgun to the residence. Initial reports indicated that the boy was the only person handling the gun and did not ask others to participate.
The boy's identity was not disclosed.
The victim was neither a Sherwood resident nor a Sherwood student.
Washington County Major Crimes Team responded to assist with the investigation. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue also responded, according to Stefan Myers, spokesman with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. The incident occurred at the Carriage Park Estates, a mobile home community.
Sherwood Police Capt. Ty Hanlon described the youth as being in his mid-teens. He said it is too early to determine if Russian Roulette was actually occurring when the teen was shot.
By the time police and paramedics arrived the teen had already died.
The Medical Examiner arrived at the scene and the boy's body was removed.
Police were initially dispatched on reports of a suicide with a weapon, according to emergency officials. As officers were responding, they began getting additional reports from 9-1-1 callers that the teen was shot while playing Russian Roulette.
At a mid-morning press briefing, Sherwood Police Captain Ty Hanlon said there was at least one "click" of the chamber before the teen shot himself with what they believed was a .357 revolver. The gun was not fully loaded and it's not known where the gun came from or how the teen obtained it.
Hanlon said they believe the teen is from Marion County and has some connection to the people in the house. Hanlon described the ages of the other people in the home as young adults, approximately 20 years of age.
Investigators are looking into the teen's background to see if he had any suicidal tendencies.
According to a KOIN television interview, Ashley Burgdorf, who lives across the street, was up early with her husband who had to go to work and she saw the street filled with emergency responders. A few hours later when the crews left, she said she saw the people who live in the home come outside.
"I asked them if everything was OK, if there was anything we could do," Burgdorf said. She said one resident seemed really shook up as he described the shooting incident.
Burgdorf told KOIN she has lost a daughter and knows the pain the family must be going through.
"For the family, I'm super sad for them," Burgdorf told KOIN.
The investigation is ongoing.
KOIN 6, a news partner of The Times, contributed to this story.