El Cajon man torches home before taking own life

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EL CAJON, Calif. — An 80-year-old El Cajon man apparently torched his mobile home and a vehicle, then shot himself to death inside a second car early Sunday.

Police officers and firefighters were sent to the burning trailer inside a mobile home park on East Washington Street near Second Avenue shortly after 1:30 a.m., according to El Cajon police and Heartland Fire & Rescue.

While there, someone alerted them to a fully engulfed car nearby, which was registered to that trailer’s resident, El Cajon police Lt. Walt Miller said.

No one was injured in either of the fires, he said.

Shortly before 3 a.m., another tenant found the body of the mobile home’s resident, motionless, in another of his vehicles. Miller said the man was dead with a gunshot wound to his chest and a handgun lying next to his body.

The man had apparently set fire to the home and the vehicle before killing himself, Miller said. His name was withheld pending family notification.