BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Investigators say a man found dead in a car outside a California police station died by suicide.

The body was found early Monday in a parking lot at Bakersfield Police headquarters.

Sgt. Ryan Kroeker says the man was able to drive into the secure lot by following a civilian employee through a sliding gate Sunday afternoon.

KBAK-TV reports ( ) police believe he killed himself as dispatchers received a call from a concerned friend, asking that officers check his welfare.

Kroeker says detectives found a suicide that included an apology to police for involving them in his death. It included his identifying information and contact numbers for loved ones.

The man was described only as a 58-year-old Bakersfield resident.

Information from: KBAK-TV,

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