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St. Petersburg man shoots himself to death while talking on phone

ST. PETERSBURG — A 50-year-old man accidentally shot and killed himself Wednesday while on the phone with his girlfriend, police said.

Janice Alonso, 54, called police after she heard a "commotion" on the other end of the phone while speaking with her live-in boyfriend, Wilfredo LaFontaine.

The two were moving out of their 11400 Fourth St. N apartment in Tamarind Bay Apartments, when Alonso went to turn in their keys to the leasing office, police said.

LaFontaine, 50, remained in the apartment.

Just before 6 p.m., LaFontaine called Alonso to ask what was taking her so long. That's when she heard the gunshot, police said.

She and a leasing agent ran back to the apartment and found LaFontaine slumped against the door with a gunshot wound to his chest, police said. Around him were cleaning materials and a .38-caliber revolver, police said.

LaFontaine was still conscious when officers arrived. Police said he was weak, but indicated he had been cleaning his gun.

Investigators deemed the shooting an accident.

LaFontaine was declared dead about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bayfront Medical Center.

St. Petersburg man shoots himself to death while talking on phone 08/04/11 [Last modified: Friday, August 5, 2011 12:34am]
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