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.READ MORE: 'Lack Of Consistent Maintenance': Grand Jury Investigation Finds Davis Parks Overrun By Invasive Weeds, Clovers
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.READ MORE: Mayor Steinberg Calls for Special Meeting To Address Questions About Councilmember Loloee‘s Home Address
The suspect was shot multiple times, Foy said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
No officers were injured in the incident, Bowman says.MORE NEWS: 'One Million Things Go Through Your Mind': Nevada County Resident Speaks On Rices Fire Forcing Him From Home
State investigators say this time of year is considered the beginning of marijuana growing season in the Central Valley and Foothills.