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Man dies in accidental shooting

Published: Saturday, November 29, 2014 @ 8:41 PM
Updated: Monday, December 01, 2014 @ 7:19 PM

            Middletown man shoots self in head
Middletown man shoots self in head

A man died following an accidental shooting Saturday night in a Middletown apartment, according to police and the Warren County Coroner’s Office.

Middletown police responded at about 7:25 p.m. Saturday to a report of a man who was shot in an apartment in the 600 block of Lafayette Avenue.

There, police said they found Dimetrian Wright, 21, in the kitchen with a single gunshot wound to the head.

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Medics transported Wright to Atrium Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. A revolver was recovered in the kitchen, police said.

Lt. Scott Reeve said Wright’s girlfriend reported hearing the clicking of a revolver and told him to stop playing with the gun.

“He said it is not loaded, putting it to his head and pulled the trigger,” Reeve said.

“Unfortunately there was one round in the revolver and it went off and he ended up shooting himself in the head,” he said.

The investigation is continuing, but Reeve said police are not pursuing any suspects and the incident is believed to be accidental.

An official with the coroner’s office said preliminary results regarding Wright’s death could be released Tuesday.

“It’s a tragedy that’s all I can say,” said Emoroy Hinton, Wright’s uncle. “It’s sad … it’s bad anytime you lose a family member, especially that young.”

Wright was a “regular kid” who enjoyed listening to hip hop music, according to Hinton, who added he didn’t know that Wright owned a gun.

Reeve reminds residents that guns are not toys.

“Be really cautious with firearms. Assume it’s loaded even when you think it’s empty,” he said. “We’ve had a few people accidentally shoot themselves because they thought a gun was unloaded.”

A Middletown teen was indicted on felony charges in October in connection with a game of Russian roulette that killed his 20-year-old girlfriend.

DeAngelo Jerome Jones, 19, of 706 10th Ave., is now facing charges involuntary manslaughter with a gun, tampering with evidence and possession a defaced gun for the September death of Amanda F. Blevins, 20, of the same address.

Blevins was found Sept. 6 with a gunshot wound to her head in an upstairs bedroom at 706 10th Ave., according to police.

Jones reported to police that he and his girlfriend were getting ready to play a game of Russian roulette. He loaded a revolver with one round of ammunition and left the room for a moment. Jones told police that Blevins started to play the game without him, as he could hear the hammer of the gun hitting on empty chambers, according to police.

Jones then told police he rushed into the upstairs bedroom and grabbed the gun from her. While it was in his hands, the gun went off and a bullet struck Blevins in the face.

Jones’ trial has been set for Jan. 12. His bond is $100,000, and he remains housed in the Butler County Jail.

Staff writer Lauren Pack contributed to this report.