Man shoots, kills cousin thought to be wearing bulletproof vest

TAMPA, Fla. — A man was arrested over the weekend after investigators said he shot and killed his cousin while testing out what the two assumed was a bullet proof vest.

Alexandro Garibaldi, 24, is being charged with manslaughter after fatally shooting his cousin Joaquin Mendez, 23.

Mendez was wearing a protective flak jacket while sitting in a chair inside his house when police said Garibaldi had the idea to pull out a handgun and test out his cousin's vest.

Little did he know, flak jackets are not bulletproof. The covering only protects humans from fragments of explosive weapons — not bullets.

Garibaldi found out the hard way after his cousin died in the hospital.

Now, the 24-year-old is being held without bail.