Tampa Man Dead After Flak Jacket Failed ‘Test’

Joaquin Mendez was shot and killed by his cousin, Alexandro Garibaldi, after asking aloud whether his 'flak jacket' still worked. Darwin would be proud.

Alexandro Garibaldi charged with manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
Alexandro Garibaldi has been charged with manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. (Photo: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office)

After two cousins residing in Tampa, Florida had the brilliant idea of testing out a fragmentation protection vest, also known as a “flak vest,” 23-year-old Joaquin Mendez was killed from a gunshot wound to the chest.

His cousin, Alexandro Garibaldi, age 24, stated that he heard a gunshot and found Mendez outside with a gunshot wound. A witness who was at the scene said that wasn’t how things went down, however.

Alexandro Garibaldi charged with manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
Alexandro Garibaldi has been charged with manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. (Photo: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office)

Based on the witnesses testimony, Mendez sat in a chair vest, and wondered aloud whether it still worked. Garibaldi then pulled out a handgun and said “Let’s see.” That his when Garibaldi fired one shot at Mendez, striking him in the vest, causing lead to fatal injuries.

This witness testimony contradicted everything that Garibaldi had told the police, so they charged the dumb cousin with two felonies: manslaughter with a weapon and felon in possession of a firearm.

It was at the hospital where Mendez died of his injuries. Both Mendez and Garibaldi are cousins… very stupid cousins.

I think it’s needless to say that Darwin would be quite proud right now.

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Darwin Award’s recognize individuals who have supposedly contributed to human evolution by selecting themselves out of the gene pool via death or sterilization by their own actions.

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