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Man killed in apparent gas station electrocution

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. -- One man is dead after an apparent work-related electrocution at a gas station in St. Augustine Beach.

Police Chief Robert Hardwick said the incident happened at an unspecified time on the roof of the Kangaroo Express in the 300 block of A1A Beach Boulevard.

An on-duty patrol officer, Hardwick said, noticed an unidentified truck in the business's parking lot and a latter going up one side of the building.

"The officer thought it to be suspicious because unfortunately that's how our criminals in St. Johns County have tried to gain access to businesses before," the chief said.

Hardwick said the officer checked with the on-duty gas station attendant, who reported no prior knowledge of the truck or latter's presence.

"There was a shift change. The clerk didn't come on until about 11, so they were unaware," he said.

Once the officer climbed onto the roof to begin investigating, the chief explained, he found one man deceased and sparks shooting out of the facility's coolant system.

Hardwick said the gas station reported having issues with the coolant system on Wednesday and called an outside company to come do repair work.

It's believed the repairman arrived during the evening hours to begin that work, but that it wasn't until around 2:30 a.m. that his body was found.

Hardwick said the medical examiner's office will help determine an exact cause of death. He said the case will be closed as a work-related accident if nothing suspicious is found.

For now, foul play is not suspected and it's not known what might have caused the electrocution.

Robbery and homicide detectives from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office are assisting as a routine precaution because criminal activity was suspected at first.

The victim's identity and place of employment have not been released.

This Kangaroo location is open 24 hours and is expected to reopen later Thursday morning.


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