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Antelope man’s body found in car’s back seat on shoulder of Highway 50 in Folsom

Authorities found a man with a fatal gunshot wound in the back seat of his car Tuesday morning on the shoulder of Highway 50 in Folsom.

California Highway Patrol officers saw a car pulled over on the side of eastbound Highway 50 about 2:30 a.m. near East Bidwell Street in Folsom, said Tommy Riggin, CHP-Rancho Cordova spokesman. They approached the car and found a man lying unresponsive in the back seat.

Officers broke through the front passenger window to see if the man was having a medical episode, but he remained unresponsive.

After calling the Folsom Fire Department, officers began pulling the man out of the car, at which time they noticed he had suffered a gunshot wound in his chest from a firearm found in the backseat. A CPR attempt was unsuccessful.

Investigators had not yet concluded whether the bullet wound, which is believed to be self-inflicted, was intentional. The victim had not been identified as of Tuesday morning, but Riggin said he was from Antelope, in his mid-30s and drove an early 2000s Chevrolet Cavalier.

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