Shooting suspect says Russian roulette led to woman's death
Deangelo Jones fled the scene on foot before police arrived. He returned to the scene a few hours later and turned himself in.
MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) -
An alleged game of Russian Roulette led to the death of a Middletown woman after she was shot in the head Saturday night.
Deangelo Jones, 19, said he and Amanda Blevins, 20, were getting ready to play the dangerous game. He told police he loaded the revolver with one round of ammunition and then left the room where he said Blevins began to play the game on her own. Hearing the empty chambers, Jones said he went back into the room to take the gun from Blevins when it fired in his hands.
According to police, a call came in around 9 p.m. Saturday for a report of a person shot in the 700 block of 10th Avenue in Middletown.
When officers arrived, they found Blevins with a gunshot wound to her head. She was flown to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight and died there from her injuries.
Jones told police he fled the scene to throw the gun into a nearby river following the shooting. The gun was later recovered by the Butler County Water Rescue Team with one spent round in the cylinder and the others empty.
Jones returned to the scene a few hours later and turned himself in.
A search warrant recovered another reportedly stolen gun.
Jones has been charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, Tampering with Evidence and two counts of Weapons Under Disability, stemming from a previous incident in 2014 when Jones brought a gun into Lakota West High School when he was a student.
"What kind of confirms his story is when he came downstairs, his uncle saw him and he had a shocked look on his face and when the gun was found there was indeed only one round in the chamber," said Reeve.
At the time of the incident, other family members were downstairs, and Jones' cousin James Tillis said this all still comes as a shock.
"It's just crazy how it happened because Amanda she was sweet, nice, just a beautiful young lady and she had a daughter and everything," said James Tillis, Jones' cousin.
After the incident at Lakota West, Jones was forced to take corrective thinking classes and get a GED, but Tillis believes this was a complete accident, especially after talking to his cousin.
"He's like my brother. I just talked to him on the phone and he told me that he loved me and to stay safe," said Tillis.