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Man Charged in 16-Year-Old’s Death

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BLUEFIELD, VA– A Bluefield Virginia man has been charged in the shooting death of a 16 year old.

Tazewell County Commonwealth’s Attorney, announced today that 28 year old Calvin Dawayne Powers, of Bluefield, VA, has been charged with one count of aggravated malicious wounding and one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the shooting of 16 year old Tyler Buchanan.

Evidence showed that on January 5, 2017, Powers approached Tyler Buchanan and asked him to play a game of Russian roulette. According to the Investigators, Tyler told Powers that he did not want to play the game with him. According to a statement made by Powers, he then proceeded to unload the revolver and put one round back in and spun the cylinder. He put the gun to his own head and pulled the trigger. When the gun failed to go off, he then spun the cylinder again and put the gun to the back of Tyler’s head and pulled the trigger. The gun fired causing severe injury which caused the current charges to be placed. Ultimately, the injury sustained from the gunshot, caused the death of Tyler Buchanan, a day later.

Prosecutors say they anticipate more charges to be filed as the investigation continues.



Tyler Barker

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