Man Charged With Killing Friend During Botched Test Of Bulletproof Vest

A Maryland man was charged with first- and second-degree murder last week after he shot and killed a friend while the two were testing a bulletproof vest, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Early Wednesday morning, Darnell Mitchell, Mark Ramiro (pictured) and another friend decided to film themselves testing a bulletproof vest in the basement of a Westport, Md. home.

According to video tape reviewed by Baltimore police, Mitchell put on the vest, looked into the camera and said he was ready to take a “deuce deuce in the chest.”

Ramiro missed Mitchell’s vest and instead shot him with a .22 caliber handgun.

Ramiro and the third person rushed to help Mitchell, and drove him to the hospital. Mitchell was declared dead a few minutes after they got to the hospital, according to police.

Officers were then called to the hospital and obtained a warrant for the video tape that captured the incident, according to the Baltimore Sun.

A spokesman for the Maryland attorney, Mark Cheshire, told the Baltimore Sun that prosecutors originally sought a second-degree murder charge, and the court commissioner later added the first-degree charge.

In May, a South Carolina man died after a friend allegedly missed his bulletproof vest while testing the body armor. Taylor Ann Kelly was charged with involuntary manslaughter after the incident.

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