Man shot was wearing flak jacket, not a bulletproof vest

By: Associated Press
September 12, 2016

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Police say a 23-year-old Florida man who was shot by his cousin wasn't wearing a bulletproof vest, but instead had donned a "fragmentation protective vest," also known as a flak jacket.

Tampa police said in a news release that Joaquin Mendez put on the vest late Saturday and "wondered aloud whether it still worked." Police say his 24-year-old cousin Alexandro Garibaldi pulled out a gun and responded, "Let's see."

Officers found Mendez outside the house with a gunshot wound to the chest. He later died at a hospital.

It's unclear how old the vest is or where it came from.

Garibaldi has been charged with manslaughter with a weapon and felon in possession of a firearm. He's being held at an area jail.

It's unclear whether he's retained an attorney.


By: Associated Press
September 11, 2016

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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