18-year-old kills friend while testing bulletproof vest: cops

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(PIX11) — A 25-year-old South Carolina man bled to death after asking a friend to test a bulletproof vest he was wearing.

Blake Randall Wardell put on the 10-year-old vest and asked a friend to shoot him, according to police. Wardell was struck in the chest with a small-caliber gun after the bullet passed through the top edge of the vest carrier, missing the vest. Friends were performing CPR on Wardell in the garage when police arrived.

The death was classified as a homicide, and the investigation is on-going. Taylor Ann Kelly, 18, was charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the shooting and is being held at the Anderson County Detention Center. Bond has not been set.

Taylor Ann Kelly, bulletproof vest

Taylor Ann Kelly, 18, is charged with involuntary manslaughter. (Anderson County Sheriff’s Office)

Involuntary manslaughter or criminal negligence are defined as reckless disregard of the safety of others, per South Carolina State Law. If convicted, Kelly may face up to five years in prison.