A home east of Orange Cove where a suspected robber was fatally shot and a home owner wounded Sunday night was apparently being used as a marijuana processing facility, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said Monday.
Deputies searched the home in the 7000 block of South Wakefield Avenue and discovered nearly 200 pounds of processed marijuana, with a street value of $800,000, at an office in an out building on the property. They found an additional 100 pounds of marijuana inside the home.
The home invasion robbery began Sunday night when two armed men wearing masks announced themselves as law enforcement officers and forced their way into the home, the sheriff's office said.
Gunfire erupted between the two men and the armed homeowner, leaving one suspect dead inside the home and the 30-year-old homeowner with multiple gunshot wounds. The homeowner, whose identity has not been released, was taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. His condition remains unknown, the sheriff's office said.
Deputies are still searching for the second suspect. Sheriff's spokesman Chris Curtice said it is not clear if the homeowner will face criminal charges.
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