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Man Shot and Killed After Asking if Flak Jacket Works

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

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    Alexandro Garibaldi told officers he found his wounded cousin after hearing a gunshot. However, police say a witness described Garibaldi shooting Mendez.

    Police say a Florida man asking if a flak jacket "still worked'' was fatally shot by his cousin.

    A Tampa Police report says 23-year-old Joaquin Mendez put on the flak jacket, also known as a fragmentation protective 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. Initial reports were that it was a bulletproof vest but police said Monday it was a flak jacket.

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