Authorities are encouraging the public to come forward with information on the San Dimas fire and suicide of a 58-year-old San Dimas man early Monday morning.
Los Angeles County firefighters arrived at the scene of a burning house in the 400 block of Lone Hill Avenue in San Dimas shortly after 5 a.m. Monday morning. When they arrived, they made a grisly discovery inside of a taxi cab parked outside of the home. An unidentified man was laying across the front seat of the cab with a shotgun wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Drew Jones, senior vice president of risk management for Yellow Cab, confirmed the deceased was a cab driver with the company and had leased the cab for about a year. He would not disclose the name of the victim until next of kin had been notified.
Authorities ruled the death a suicide.
Firefighters were able to knock down the fire within 30 minutes, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Witnesses at the scene described an "explosion" and the victim committing suicide shortly after.
Authorities did not find other victims in the home.
Anyone with more information is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. To provide information anonymously, call "Crime Stoppers" at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website at http://lacrimestoppers.org.