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Marijuana Thieves Thwarted by Residents

Last shortly before 11:00 p.m., a Sacramento Sheriff’s deputy on patrol in Rancho Cordova heard gunshots fired in the area of Coloma Road and Ranchito Court. While he and other officers were attempting to locate the scene of the shooting, they were waved down by a resident in the area.

The man, who was bleeding from his hand, informed officers that he had been injured while trying to prevent a robbery at his residence.

The victim directed officers to his home in the 2200 block of Bota Court. He said that while away from his residence, he had been told by other people in the home that someone had attempted to steal medical marijuana plants from the backyard of the home.

The suspect(s) had apparently been scared away by residents inside the house. The victim had returned home, and was proceeding to secure a chain-link fenced area that contained marijuana plants, as it had been cut open in an apparent attempt to access the plants.

While in the backyard, the victim was confronted by a man who jumped over the fence and confronted him while armed with a handgun. The victim began to struggle with the gunman, and attempted to grab the firearm away from him.

According to the victim, at least two other male suspects appeared in the backyard – one armed with another gun and one with a knife. The victim yelled for help from other residents inside the home.

During the altercation, numerous gunshots were fired. The residence was struck by bullets, but neither the victim nor anyone else inside the house was hit by the gunfire. The victim believed that he injured his hand while struggling with one of the gunman.

Officers from the Sheriff’s East Division and the Rancho Cordova Police Department searched the area for the suspects, who ran from the victim’s residence after the gunshots were fired. Officers were unable to locate any of the suspects, but did recover a knife that was believed to have been used by one of them during the attempted robbery.

The suspects were described as black males in their twenties, all wearing dark clothing. It is unknown whether they fled on foot, or may have had a vehicle that was used to assist in their escape from the area.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Rancho Cordova Police Department / Sheriff’s East Division at (916) 874-5115.

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