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Armored Vehicle Aids In Rescue of Shot Parks Officer

July 26, 2011  | 

Contra Costa County (Calif.) Sheriff's deputies deployed an armored vehicle to rescue a wounded East Bay Regional Park District police officer who had been attacked by several gunmen while patrolling the rugged lands near Moraga and Canyon.

The officer radioed for help at about 7 p.m. Monday, reporting he had taken automatic rifle fire from multiple assailants and was wounded.

Police believe the officer may have run across marijuana growers defending their cash crop.

Source: Silicon Valley Mercury News

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Rick @ 7/26/2011 5:32 PM

That's why when I'm hunting in California, I carry more ammo than I need for just deer or pig. Grow operations are being found all over forest land.

Morning eagle @ 7/26/2011 11:33 PM

Their "grow patches" are being found all over the place, not just in California but also recently in WA, OR, and UT that I am aware of. In the bust in southern UT a week or two ago, if I heard the report correctly they were able to arrest 31 Mexican Nationals at the site. Highly unusual since most times the growers have fled the scene prior to arrival of officers. That is the PC way of saying everyone of them was an illegal alien. Law enforcement "suspects" they may have ties to Mexican drug cartels. Suspects???? They are also becoming more brazen and willing to shoot to keep from being taken or reported by someone that just happens to stumble into them.

michael @ 7/27/2011 10:52 PM

I live in the Bay Area and this has become a big problem here as everywhere these days. But, what really pisses me off is what we do with these dope growers. I don't care where they are from, but a slap on the wrist and sent home is not the answer. These people need to be doing some serious time. They continue to demonstrate the force they are willing to use to protect their crops. This must be dealt with, but like everything else it will continue to get out of control. How many years have we been hearing about the federal and local government are taking on the "war on drugs". BS, thats what it comes down to, thank God we are not going to another LEO's funeral. The EBRPPD officer was just lucky. These growers are very serious about their dope fields and we as LEO need to be careful. They are everywhere and have no fear of law enforcement. Why should they, we just send them home when they get caught so they can come back again.

Serpico @ 12/29/2011 2:35 PM

Not accurate, nobody was shot.

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