A man was shot and killed by Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputies after he pointed a rifle at them in a remote area where 20,000 marijuana plants were being grown, authorities said Thursday.
The man, whose name has not been released, was shot at about 10:25 a.m. Wednesday when he pointed a rifle at deputies who were on a “scouting mission” for marijuana, said Sgt. Rick Sung.
Three deputies shot the man, Sung said. Despite being shot, the man again reached for the rifle, prompting the deputies to fire another volley at him, Sung said.
Deputies initially believed another person fled the scene, but Sung said it was possible another group of deputies had seen the same suspect running before he was shot dead.
The incident happened near Mines Road in an unincorporated area of Santa Clara County south of Del Valle Reservoir. Alameda County sheriff’s deputies joined their counterparts from Santa Clara County in the anti-marijuana operation.
The 20,000 marijuana plants have a street value of between $60 million and $80 million, Sung said.
The deputies who shot the man were placed on paid administrative leave pending investigations by the sheriff and the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office.
– Article from San Francisco Chronicle.