Sacto 9-1-1
September 30, 2011
Rancho Cordova shooting erupts over marijuana grow

Another instance of violence has occurred in connection with a marijuana grow -- this time in Rancho Cordova.

Rancho Cordova police said that just before 11 p.m. a Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy heard gunshots ring out near Coloma Road and Ranchito Court. While deputies searched for the source of the gunshots, they were waved down by a man with a bleeding hand.

The injured man told them he had been injured in a robbery at his home in the 2200 block of Bota Court. He said that he had been told that someone had tried to steal his medical marijuana from his backyard while he was away.

He returned home to fix the chain-link fence that had been cut open in the attempted theft. While making the fix, he was confronted with an armed man.

A struggle began. Soon, two more intruders appeared, one armed with a gun and the other with a knife.

The pot grower yelled for help from others in his home. Gunshots were fired and the home was hit by bullets but neither the pot grower nor anyone in the house was hit.

The suspects fled. The resident of the home believes he was injured not by a gunshot, but that he was was cut during the struggle with the initial gunman.

A search did not turn up any of the suspects, but a knife was recovered that may have been used by one of the intruders.

The Rancho Cordova incident is only the latest violence associated with a marijuana grow. Sacramento police homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man last week in the backyard of a Del Paso Heights home.

Sacramento police officers responded last week to a report of a man who had been shot at a house in the 600 block of Morey Avenue. When they responded to the house, they found a man dead with "upper body trauma."

Officers found marijuana growing on the property and police said it appears the homeowner had the legal right to grow the marijuana.

And one man is dead and five others are under arrest following a Tuesday night shootout at the site of a commercial marijuana growing operation in rural Amador County.

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