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Suspected marijuana grower fatally shot

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POSTED April 29, 2015 11:01 p.m.

ELK GROVE (AP) — A game warden shot and killed a suspected marijuana grower Wednesday at a federal wildlife refuge near Sacramento, authorities said.

Agents from the California Department of Justice and Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies were conducting a raid at the Stone Lakes Wildlife Refuge in Elk Grove when the shooting occurred.

Capt. Patrick Foy, a Fish and Wildlife spokesman, said that the marijuana site, located in heavy brush, was raided from several angles and one of the teams confronted the grower.

The officers went to the site about 10 miles from downtown Sacramento after spotting the marijuana patch a couple of weeks ago by air, the newspaper reported.

Department of Justice spokeswoman Michelle Gregory said the game warden fired his weapon after the suspected grower refused to surrender his weapon and pointed it at officers.

No officers were injured.

Michael McLaughlin, deputy chief of the Cosumnes Community Services District Fire Department, said the suspected grower died at the refuge. The man’s name was not released.

Illegal marijuana growing operations have been found previously at the 10-square-mile refuge, which was established to protect habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife.

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