SACRAMENTO COUNTY (CBS13) – Authorities say a Fish and Wildlife officer shot and killed an armed suspect at a wildlife preserve south of Elk Grove Wednesday morning.

Lisa Bowman with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department says their deputies were helping with a  Department of Justice raid on a suspected marijuana grow in the Stone Lakes Wildlife Refuge off the 1600 block of Hood-Franklin Road.

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During the operation, a Fish and Wildlife officer was confronted by the armed suspect.

“The team that contacted the grower first found themselves in a mortal threat. There were shots fired and the suspect was ultimately shot and killed,” said Capt. Patrick Foy with the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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The suspect was shot multiple times, Foy said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No officers were injured in the incident, Bowman says.

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State investigators say this time of year is considered the beginning of marijuana growing season in the Central Valley and Foothills.