Inspector linked to Philadelphia building collapse commits suicide

Posted at 11:38 AM, Jun 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-13 12:23:01-04

PHILADELPHIA (PIX11) — A week after a building in the Center City section of Philadelphia collapsed, killing six people and injuring 13, the man who inspected the building was found dead Thursday in an apparent suicide.

According to authorities, 52-year-old Ronald Wagenhoffer, an inspector with the Department of Licenses and Inspections, was found dead in his vehicle, parked along Shawmont Avenue in Roxborough.

Wagenhoffer suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.

At this point, detectives are treating the death as a suicide, but the medical examiner will ultimately determine the cause of death.

Wagenhoffer was accused of overlooking a slew of violations and complaints against the Market Street property.

Meantime, the excavator operator for the property faces a number of charges in connection to the collapse.