Texas man electrocuted trying to steal copper from transformer, police say

A man was electrocuted early Sunday morning, and police believe he tried while trying to steal copper from a transformer.
A man was electrocuted early Sunday morning, and police believe he tried while trying to steal copper from a transformer.

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A 25-year-old Texas man was electrocuted early Sunday after possibly trying to steal copper from a transformer on a telephone pole in Dallas, police said.

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Gabrield Monjaraz, was found dead by police about 30 feet away from the transformer after authorities responded to a 911 caller at 3:12 a.m. who said she heard gunshots, WFAA reported.

When first responders arrived, they thought Monjaraz had been hit by a vehicle, The Dallas Morning News reported. However, the Dallas County medical examiner determined Monjaraz had been electrocuted.

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After investigating the scene, police found Monjaraz was wearing rubber gloves and the nearby transformer had black marks on it, KTVT reported.