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Gun-play at Goochland party ends with an army reservist dead


Gun-play at a Goochland party ends with an army reservist dead from a self inflicted bullet to the head.

Police are calling this an accidental shooting.

"To know that I am never going to see him again is really hard," said family friend Kaitlyn Flynn.

Friends and family of 20 year old Christopher Ryan Benson are now fighting back tears after learning their loved one is dead. He died in a Russian Roulette style game.

"We're suffering here," said Emily Roberts who is Benson's 9 year old sister. "This is really hard. He always had this big smile on his face wherever he went."

Benson was preparing to head to Egypt for training. His sister now wears his dog tags.

"We had a really great bond," said Emily. "He was like my best friend."

Police say Benson and several other young people were allegedly drinking at a party on the 2000 block of Camelback Road. Benson is now dead and one of his best friends faces charges of reckless handling of a firearm.

"And lets be honest," said Goochland sheriff James Agnew. "Alcohol and guns are not good play toys."

We were there as Goochland Sheriff James Agnew got the official call that Benson was pronounced dead.

"20 years old," said Sheriff Agnew. "He had his whole life ahead of him. If anything positive can come out of this, other people can look at this and say if this what I'm doing I need to change the way I'm living."

Police note this is the same dark wooded location where 17 year old Billy Lee Maxwell came to party back in 2010. He was later hit and killed in a suspected hit and run accident trying to thumb a ride home.

"We've made some arrests in and out of this particular place before," said Agnew. "And it just doesn't stop for some reason. We are going to have to watch it a whole lot harder."

Two underage females from Richmond and the 20 year old owner of the gun face alcohol charges. Police say they intend to arrest the gun owner for reckless handling of a firearm.

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