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Man Found Engulfed In Flames On Hollywood Hills Sidewalk In Apparent Suicide

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Police found a man engulfed in flames in the Hollywood Hills late Friday night after responding to a “shots fired” call. Firefighters pronounced the man dead at the scene after extinguishing flames, according to City News Service.

LAPD Officer Jenny Houser told LAist that officers found the man on a sidewalk in the Outpost Estates neighborhood of the Hollywood Hills. The police department started receiving calls about the sound of gunshots at around 11 p.m. Friday. The grisly scene, discovered near Outpost Drive and Outpost Circle, revealed itself as an apparent suicide, according to authorities. The sound of gunshots were in fact live ammunition rounds the man ignited. “Not fireworks, ammunition,” Houser further clarified to LAist.

“The shots that were heard were actually ammunition going off on the
deceased," Houser said in a statement via City New Service. The discovery was “consistent with suicide,” but a definite motive is yet to be “fully determined." KTLA reports that a handgun was also found under the man’s body and that “several rounds of ammunition went off due to the heat of the fire.”