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Inspector in Philadelphia collapse commits suicide

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Inspector in Philadelphia collapse commits suicide

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Jun 13, 2013

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia officials have identified an inspector who fatally shot himself a week after a building collapse that killed six people as a dedicated 16-year veteran of the Department of Licenses and Inspections.
   
Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison says 52-year-old inspector Ronald Wagenhoffer was found dead in his truck Wednesday night with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
   
City officials say he was the Department of Licenses and Inspections employee who conducted a May 14 inspection of the building, weeks before the June 5 collapse.
   
Gillison says the department is in mourning and Waggenhoffer "did nothing wrong." Waggenhoffer leaves behind a wife and son.
   
The downtown building was being demolished when it collapsed onto a neighboring Salvation Army Thrift Store, killing two employees and four customers. Police allege a heavy equipment operator had been high on marijuana.

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.