Tampa Man Killed After “Testing” Bulletproof Vest

    (Photo: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office)

    A Florida man is dead after a safety test went horribly wrong.

    FOX’s Dave Anthony reports:

    Alexandro Garibaldi claimed he found his cousin outside a house Saturday night with a gunshot wound to the chest, but a witness told Tampa Florida police a different story.

    That the cousin, Joaquin Mendez had put on a bulletproof vest and wondered aloud if it worked. Then Garibaldi pulled out a gun and said let’s see. Mendez later died at a hospital.

    Neighbors just shook their heads:

    (Man) “Don’t play with guns, you gotta (have) a lot of respect with a gun.”

    (Man) “You want to at least try and do it professionally or shoot it at the ground or something.”

    Garibaldi is now charged with manslaughter and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

    Dave Anthony, FOX News.