Man fatally shoots himself while cleaning gun

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Authorities say a Tampa Bay area man accidentally shot and killed himself.

St. Petersburg police say 50-year-old Wilfredo LaFontaine was on the phone with his girlfriend Wednesday as they were preparing to move out of their apartment. The girlfriend was in the leasing office of Tamarind Bay Apartments to return their keys when she heard a stumble and a pop over the phone.

Police say the girlfriend and a leasing agent rushed back to the apartment, where they found LaFontaine slumped against the door with a gunshot wound to his chest. He was still alive when officers and paramedics arrived. Police say he indicated that he had been preparing to clean his revolver.

LaFontaine was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died. Investigators deemed the shooting an accident.

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