Police: Man found dead after house fire was shot
UNIVERSITY CITY (AP) - Investigators said a man found dead inside a fire-damaged suburban St. Louis home was shot to death.
Firefighters who responded to the blaze at about 5 a.m. Sunday in University City found the body of 33-year-old Jeremy Smith in a bedroom, along with what police believed to be a small amount of narcotics.
Police said in a statement that Smith was shot in the head, though they did not specify whether they're probing the matter as a possible suicide or homicide.
Investigators said Smith lived there for about three years.
His dog was also found dead in the home, apparently from the fire.
University City police are investigating.