Police: Man trying to rob pot operation killed

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(AP) – The caretaker of an indoor marijuana growing operation in Oakland’s Chinatown district shot and killed a man early Monday after the man and two others tried to rob the operation, police said.

The shooting occurred shortly before 5 a.m. after three men tried to barge into a duplex about two blocks from the Oakland police headquarters downtown. The caretaker killed one of the suspects after they fatally shot his watchdog, police said.

“Officers responded to reports of gunfire,” Oakland Police Lt. Kevin Wiley told reporters. “Upon arrival, they found one man deceased. It appears to be a home invasion robbery.”

Investigators have found the gun apparently used by the caretaker and another weapon that apparently belonged to one of the robbers. The caretaker was taken into custody for questioning. Police said the marijuana grow appeared to be a legal operation.

The names of the caretaker and the dead suspect have not been released.

Police also were combing through Chinatown and searching surrounding areas for the other two suspects, both described as Asian males, as officers blocked the entrance to a nearby well-traveled tunnel leading to neighboring Alameda. The tunnel was reopened in time for the morning commute.

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