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Florida man fatally shot after asking if bulletproof vest works

Posted: 4:38 AM, Sep 12, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-12 13:22:09Z

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Police say a Florida man asking if a bulletproof vest "still worked" was fatally shot by his cousin.

A Tampa police report says 23-year-old Joaquin Mendez put on the vest late Saturday and "wondered aloud whether it still worked."

 

Police say his cousin, 24-year-old Alexandro Garibaldi, pulled out a gun and responded, "Let's see."

Officers found Mendez outside the house with a gunshot wound in his chest. Mendez died at a hospital.

According to the report, Garibaldi initially told officers he found his wounded cousin after hearing a gunshot. However, police say a witness described Garibaldi shooting Mendez.

Police say the vest was found inside the house with a gunshot.

Garibaldi was held Sunday without bond on a manslaughter charge. Hillsborough County jail records didn't show whether he had an attorney.

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