Coroner awaiting toxicology results in man's shooting death

The Kitsap County Coroner's Office is waiting for results from a toxicology test on a 23-year-old Olalla man who died Aug. 31 in an apparent case of Russian roulette.

The coroner's office said they should receive toxicology results in about seven weeks in the death of Justin Gleason, who died from a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Port Orchard Police Chief Geoffrey Marti said officers responded to the shooting about 10:49 p.m. at a home located in the 1400 block of Bill Avenue, near the intersection of Sidney Avenue and Tremont Street.

Two guns — a .45-caliber handgun and a .38 caliber-revolver  —  belonging to Gleason were found at the home, Marti said.

Officers found an empty casing in the revolver, he added.

“Our preliminary investigation indicated the victim was making remarks about Russian roulette,” Marti said. “It's hard to say what was in the man's mind that lead him to shoot himself.”

Marti said there was evidence of alcohol at the home, but none of the individuals present at the time of Gleason's death will face charges.

Gleason was a 2008 graduate of South Kitsap High School and was a member of the varsity boys swim team.

A memorial service for Gleason is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Christian Life Center, 1780 Lincoln Ave. SE.


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