Inspector Who Surveyed Philadelphia Building That Collapsed Commits Suicide

Philadelphia Building Collapse

The man who inspected a Philadelphia building weeks before it collapsed and killed six people last week has been found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Associated Press reports.

The 52-year-old man’s name has not yet been released. His body was found Wednesday in a pick-up truck. He worked for the Department of Licenses and Inspections and inspected the now-collapsed building May 14.

It is unclear if the building inspector would have been held responsible for the collapse. A crane operator working on demolishing the four-story building has been charged with six counts of involuntary manslaughter, 13 counts of recklessly endangering another person, and one count of “risking a catastrophe,” according to CNN.

The crane operator, 42-year-old Sean Benschop, maintains his innocence. Law enforcement sources have said that Benschop had marijuana and pain medication in his blood after the collapse, and he has been arrested on firearms and theft charges multiple times in the past. He was found guilty in the 1990s on drug charges.

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