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Livermore police investigating link between fire, apparent suicide

45-year-old man found dead at construction site after Newport Apartments blaze

Livermore police are investigating a suspicious fire at the apartment of a 45-year-old man who was found dead hours later in an apparent suicide at a construction site Saturday morning.

Shortly after 7:30 a.m. Saturday, a fire was reported at the Newport Apartments, located at 750 Hayes Ave., according to police.

Firefighters contained the fire to its apparent point of origin in an apartment on the ground floor, and an unoccupied apartment directly above it.

Investigators determined the fire was suspicious, and after talking to neighbors, learned that a green Toyota Tacoma truck was seen fleeing the scene about 10 minutes before the fire was reported, police said.

The neighbor recognized the truck as belonging to David Lawrence Campbell, the tenant in the apartment where the fire originated, according to police.

About two hours later, a bicyclist called Livermore police after discovering the Toyota truck parked in the mud near a residential construction site in the 200 block of Sonia Street, police said.

The bicyclist noticed a man slumped over the steering wheel, and when he looked inside the truck, he saw the man had suffered what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police.

The man was declared dead at the scene and was later identified as Campbell.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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