Police say Armand Cyr, 38, was at his friend’s apartment, located about 13 miles outside of Hartford, when he placed a .38 caliber revolver against his temple and pulled the trigger on July 13. Court documents suggest that Cyr was given the gun by his friend, 26-year-old John Dybowski, who had also placed the gun against his temple and pressed the trigger. When Dybowski pressed the trigger, however, the firearm did not discharge.
An unnamed witness was apparently watching the incident via a webcam chat with the two men. The witness, Cyr and Dybowski were having an online webcam chat session when the incident occurred. Dybowski claims he gave Cyr the .38 revolver with one round before going into another room, at which point Cyr fired the fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.
Investigators believe the two men were playing a deadly game known as Russian Roulette. This “game” is played by placing one live round in a revolver (usually 6-round capacity revolver), aiming the barrel at one’s own head and pulling the trigger. Assuming a six-round capacity revolver is used, there’s a 1 in 6 chance of the round discharging. Russian Roulette is believed to have originated out of Romania in the early 1900s, when Russian soldiers would place a single-round loaded revolver to their head and pull the trigger.
According to the Associated Press (AP), police officers discovered a trove of illegal drugs in the deceased man’s apartment, including marijuana, heroin, cocaine and pills. The AP report also states that photos were going on Cry’s phone showing him and Dybowski with the recovered drugs and firearms before the deadly incident occurred.
“Police said they found two more guns as well as marijuana, heroin, pills and cocaine residue in Dybowski’s apartment, resulting in his arrest. Authorities said they also found photos on Cyr’s cellphone of him and Dybowski with drugs and guns shortly before the incident.
Dybowski is detained on $100,000 bail on charges of reckless endangerment, making a false statement, tampering with evidence and various weapons and drug charges. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer,” wrote the Associated Press.
As reported by the AP, Dybowski is currently being held on a $100,000 bail on charges of making false statements to police, tampering with evidence, illegal possession and use of a firearm, possession of illegal drugs, and reckless endangerment. It’s unknown whether Dybowksi has sought legal representation for this incident.