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13 Jun 2013

Inspector in Philadelphia collapse commits suicide

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June 13, 2013 Category: Local Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO: Building collapsed onto Salvation Army Thrift Store at 22nd & Market Streets.

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(Photo / H Michael Hammie)

 

By Patrick Walters

Associated Press 

 

Philadelphia officials have identified an inspector who fatally shot himself a week after a building collapse that killed six people as a dedicated 16-year veteran of the Department of Licenses and Inspections.

 

Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison says 52-year-old inspector Ronald Wagenhoffer was found dead in his truck Wednesday night with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

 

City officials say he was the Department of Licenses and Inspections employee who conducted a May 14 inspection of the building, weeks before the June 5 collapse.

 

Gillison says the department is in mourning and Wagenhoffer ‘‘did nothing wrong.’’ Wagenhoffer leaves behind a wife and son.

 

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