Cousins decide to test out bullet proof vest, 1 dead

TAMPA, Fla. -- One man is dead and another facing charges in a shooting that apparently wasn't meant to be fatal.

At about 10:04 p.m. on Saturday, Tampa Police responded to 2407 Gordon Street in reference to a report of a person shot.

Officers found 23-year-old Joaquin Mendez outside of the house with a gunshot wound to the chest. In the house, officers found blood and a bullet proof vest.

Alexandro Garibaldi, 24, said that he heard a gunshot and found Mendez outside with a gunshot wound.

However, a witness described a different scenario.

According to the witness, Mendez sat in a chair and put on a bullet proof vest, and wondered aloud whether it still worked.

Garibaldi took out a handgun and said "Let's see" and shot at the vest worn by the victim. The vest was found in the house with a projectile entrance hole.

Mendez was taken to the hospital where he died of his injuries. Mendez and Garibaldi are cousins.

Garibaldi has been charged with manslaughter with a weapon and felon in possession of a firearm.

(© 2016 WTSP)


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