The fatal shooting took place Saturday night in Tampa. According to TPD, Joaquin Mendez, 23, wondered if a vest he had would still stop a bullet. His cousin Alexandro Garibaldi, 24, wanted to help him find out. He shot Mendez. The man died at a hospital from his wounds.
In fact, it was a fragmentation protective vest, which is commonly referred to as a flak jacket.
[According to a witness, Mendez sat in a chair and put on the vest.] He wondered out loud whether it still worked. Garibaldi took out a handgun, stated “Let’s see,” and shot at the vest.
Garibaldi was arrested and charged with manslaughter with a weapon