Inspector Of Collapsed Building In Philadelphia Commits Suicide

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Source: David Chang and Vince Lattanzio / NBC Philadelphia

The lead inspector of a Center City building that collapsed last week is dead after he committed suicide, Philadelphia city officials confirmed Thursday.

Ronald Wagenhoffer, 52, was found dead around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night of an apparent suicide, Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison said at a news conference Thursday morning.

Law enforcement sources say Wagenhoffer shot himself once in the chest inside his pickup truck along a wooded section of the 100 block of Shawmont Avenue in the Roxborough neighborhood of Philadelphia. That’s less than a mile from his home.

“We are a city in deep and profound mourning,” Deputy Mayor Gillison said. “With the building collapse a week ago, we have now lost seven lives in connection with this tragedy.”

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