Florida Man Shot Cousin To Test Bulletproof Vest

Florida man shot cousin to test bullet proof vest
Florida man shot cousin to test bullet proof vest. (Photo: Andy Hodges)

TAMPA – A Tampa man is facing manslaughter and felon in possession of weapon charges after shooting his cousin to test a bulletproof vest.

911 was called to a residence on Gordon Street in Tampa for an apparent shooting.

Reportedly, Juan Mendez, 23, put on a bulletproof vest and said out loud, “I wonder if it still works.” Well, his cousin Alexandro Garibaldi, 24, said “Let’s see,” pulled out a gun and shot him in the chest.

Garibaldi claimed that it was a rogue bullet that killed his cousin. However, a witness came to authorities with a different story, and when police saw the damaged bulletproof vest, they knew who was telling the truth.

Mendez has taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries. Garibaldi is being held at the Hillsborough County Jail without bond.

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About Tina Hodges

Tina Hodges moved to Sebastian with her family in 1980 and has lived in the area ever since. After graduating from Sebastian River High School, she studied at Indian River Community College. Tina worked at Dooney & Bourke for many years before she became a full-time travel writer. Tina joined Sebastian Daily in 2016.