A 39-year-old man was taken into police custody after a stunt involving a bulletproof vest and a firearm ended in tragedy. Jason Griffin was arrested and faces multiple charges for the incident, which took place on Sunday night, including manslaughter, unlawful possession of body armor, and felon in possession of a weapon.
The incident took place in The Heights area of Houston, Texas, at approximately 1:30 am local time during a party.
One attendee donned a bulletproof vest and, according to a report by the Daily Mail, told Griffin to shoot him. The bulletproof vest ultimately didn’t protect the man, and he ended up being shot in the chest.
The man, who has not been publicly identified, died of his injuries before local authorities arrived on the scene.
“It is unusual that people would put on a bulletproof vest and play with guns at a party,” said Houston Police Department Homicide Sgt. Mark Hollbrook, “but these things happen sometimes.”
Griffin’s girlfriend, Mary Warstler, insisted that Griffin didn’t intend to kill the partygoer, who was a friend of Griffin’s, and wasn’t even aware that the gun he used was loaded.
“[The man] goes ‘shoot me,’” said Warstler. “Well, [Griffin] didn’t think there was nothing in it, and he did. And the dude went ‘f*** that hurt,’ and then he dropped. And then Jason ripped the best off of him and tried to help him.”
Warstler stated that Griffin was suicidal after the incident and that he had to be treated for seizures before he could be taken into custody.
According to local authorities, Griffin initially fled the scene, though had since been hospitalized for treatment for a medical issue.
This isn’t Griffin’s first run-in with the law. His criminal record shows prior charges for DWI, burglary, robbery, and interference with an emergency request for assistance.