Cab Driver Dies After Being Found With Gunshot Wound

Driver found inside rolled-over vehicle in Lemon Grove


For the second time in a month, a cab driver has been shot and killed while on duty in San Diego.

A cab driver was found with a gunshot wound inside a rolled-over vehicle on a street in Lemon Grove Sunday, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies said they received a report of a taxi involved in a roll-over vehicle collision at 3445 Main Street around 3:48 a.m., said Lt. Larry Nesbit in a media release.

A deputy near the scene spotted the vehicle and called for paramedics.

When paramedics arrived and began rendering medical aid, they discovered a bullet wound to the cab driver's upper body, Nesbit said.

Despite life-saving efforts, Jalaludin Hamrah, 39, was pronounced dead at the scene. It was not known if the gunshot, the crash, or both killed him the lieutenant said.

According to Nesbit, the case is being treated as a murder investigation due to the injuries Hamrah sustained.

Officials have not named any suspects in the investigation.

Hamrah worked for Main Cab Co., according to deputies. He was known to frequent the El Cajon and Lakeside area, including Barona Casino.

This incident comes one month after 68-year-old taxi driver, Mir Sahou, was shot to death next to his cab on La Jolla Scenic Drive. A suspect has been identified but has yet to be captured.

Anyone with information about Hamrah's death is asked to call Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321/after hours at (858) 565-5200 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-TIPS(8477).

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