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SAN DIEGO

A 32-year-old East San Diego man shot himself in the head at his residence after fleeing a minor hit-run accident, police said Thursday.

Shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday, Paul Michael Burke hit another car at College Avenue and Meridian Avenue, police spokesman Bill Robinson said.

After the accident, a witness followed Burke to his residence, a converted garage in the 5700 block of Redwood Street, officials said. The witness notified a police officer who was impounding a car a few houses away.

Police said the officer approached the house and heard a single gunshot. More officers were called to the residence, surrounded it, and attempted to contact Burke by telephone.

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Officers entered the residence after midnight, Robinson said, and found Burke dead of a self-inflicted shotgun blast to the head.


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