Inspector Who Surveyed Philly Building Before Collapse Commits Suicide

By: AP/CBS (Posted by Chris Fisher)
By: AP/CBS (Posted by Chris Fisher)

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) An inspector who surveyed a Philadelphia building before it collapsed last week, killing six people, has committed suicide, a city official confirmed.

Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison said the inspector was found fatally shot in a pickup truck Wednesday night. The man was a Department of Licenses and Inspections employee who had inspected the building May 14. CBS station KYW reports that was the last inspection before the fatal accident.

Police said the 52-year-old man sent his wife a text message before shooting himself in the chest in his parked pickup truck, according to KYW. His wife discovered the body at around 9 p.m. Wednesday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials were informing department staff Thursday morning and the man's name wasn't immediately being released.

City officials are planning a 9:30 a.m. news conference.

The building was being demolished when it collapsed onto a neighboring Salvation Army Thrift Store on June 5, killing two employees and four customers. Police allege a heavy equipment operator was high on marijuana when it happened.

The city's top prosecutor is convening a grand jury to look into the collapse.

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