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Pot Found in Deadly Home Invasion Near Orange Cove

Detectives found 300 pounds of processed marijuana at a residence in the 7000 block of Wakefield Avenue near Orange Cove where a homeowner shot a suspected home intruder.
Fresno County Sheriff's Office detectives found 300 pounds of processed marijuana at the residence of Sunday night's fatal home invasion near Orange Cove.

Two masked men posing as law enforcement broke into a home on the 7000 block of Wakefield Avenue Sunday about 9 p.m., according to the Fresno County Sheriff's Office.

The homeowner was armed and one of the suspects ended up dead.
"Sheriff's office received a 911 call of a home invasion.  Female was screaming that her husband had been shot," said Sgt. Kathy Carreiro with the Fresno County Sheriff's Office.

The woman who called police was the 30-year-old homeowner's wife. The victim was flown to Fresno Community Regional Medical Center with unknown injuries, but Sgt. Carreiro said the victim was conscious. As of Monday, there was no update to his condition.

"I heard first of all the helicopters fly around and around, then the ambulance and the police came," said Jose Prado, a neighbor.
The home on Wakefield Avenue is in a remote area surrounded by citrus groves and homes scattered nearby.

A neighbor said there was a marijuana-related murder just two weeks ago that also shook the neighborhood.

"It was because somebody was trying to steal some marijuana that was being grown out there. There's always marijuana in that field," said Caroline Miller.

That crime happened only a half mile away from Sunday night's deadly home invasion.

"It is a constant worry. There's so many houses down here that have been broken into," Miller said.

A small child and an elderly couple were also in the home at the time of the fatal break-in.

Deputies are still searching for the other suspect who got away. There's no description available for him at this time.

It's also not known whether the suspect and victim knew each other.
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