Man dies; asked to be shot in bulletproof vest

HONEA PATH, South Carolina (WYFF) – A 25-year-old South Carolina man who put on a bullet-proof vest and asked to be shot was killed Wednesday morning.

Now, an 18-year-old girl is charged in the death.

Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown said Blake Randall Wardell was hanging around with some other people in a garage when he put on a bullet-proof vest they had found.

Wardell asked his friend, Taylor Ann Kelly, of Anderson to shoot him.

She fired, and the shot from the small caliber weapon went above the Kevlar of the vest and into Wardell’s heart, killing him, McCown said.

Several people tried unsuccessfully to perform CPR on Wardell, according to deputies.

Wednesday afternoon, Kelly was charged with involuntary manslaughter. A conviction on the charge could carry a penalty of up to five years in prison.

Kelly was being held pending a bond hearing.

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