Inspector in Philly Collapse Commits Suicide

Man found in pickup truck with gunshot to chest
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2013 7:55 AM CDT
Rescue personnel work at the scene of a building collapse in downtown Philadelphia Wednesday June 5, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)
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(Newser) – The man who inspected a Philadelphia building three weeks before it collapsed last week, killing six and injuring 13, has died in an apparent suicide. The 52-year-old, whose name has not been released, inspected the building several times and ruled it safe after a complaint was lodged last month, reports NBC. He apparently shot himself in the chest while parked in his pickup truck in an isolated area about a mile from his home, where his wife found him. His suicide note had been a text to her. Meanwhile, a crane operator awaits trial in the collapse, while victims are suing the demolition contractor. (Read more Philadelphia stories.)

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