Latest News
Headlines

Cops Say Man in Flak Jacket Shot Dead by His Cousin: 'Let's See If It Works'

(Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office/WTSP) (Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office/WTSP)

A Florida man faces charges related to the death of his cousin, who cops say he fatally shot while the victim was trying on a flak jacket.

Tampa police found Joaquin Mendez, 23, wearing the protective coat outside a home Saturday night with a gunshot wound to the chest, WTSP reports.

Video: Donald Trump's Bulletproof Vest Reportedly Makes Him Sweaty

At the time, police say 24-year-old Alexandro Garibaldi told them he heard a gunshot and then ran outside to find his cousin with the gunshot wound.

A witness, however, reportedly gave cops a different account.

According to the witness's statement, Mendez was trying on the protective vest when he "wondered aloud whether it still worked" Tampa police said in a statement.

That's when Garibaldi allegedly took out a handgun and fired. Police found an entrance wound in the front of the jacket.

Read: Parents Arrested After Blind, Autistic Boy, 17, Found Weighing Just 88 Pounds: Cops

While bulletproof vests are designed to protest wearers from direct hits, a flak jacket is better designed to deflect shrapnel and other indirect hits.

Mendez was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. 

Garibaldi has since been charged with manslaughter and felony possession of a firearm. He was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail.

He remained jailed there without bond on Sunday.

Watch: Baby's Body Was Allegedly Left to Decompose in His Crib Until His Mom Complained About the Smell

Share Share on Facebook Tweet Share on Twitter
Receive Breaking News

By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Your e-mail was submitted successfully.
Sorry, your email address was not processed. Please try again.
Around the Web
Comments