- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) - Investigators say a man found dead inside a fire-damaged suburban St. Louis home had been shot to death.

Firefighters who responded to the blaze about 5 a.m. Sunday in University City found the body of 33-year-old Jeremy Smith in a bedroom, along with what police believe to be a small amount of narcotics.

Police said in a statement that Smith had been shot in the head, though they did not specify whether they’re probing the matter as a possible suicide or homicide.

Investigators say Smith had lived there for about three years.

His dog also was found dead in the home, apparently from the fire.

University City police are investigating.

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