The Latest: Shooter at Rastafarian farm was violent felon

The Latest: Shooter at Rastafarian farm was violent felon

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OREGON HOUSE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the shootout near a Northern California pot farm (all times local):

4 p.m.

Authorities say a felon with a history of violent crime is responsible for shooting two Northern California sheriff's deputies at a marijuana farm.

The Yuba County sheriff's office said Wednesday that 33-year-old Mark Anthony Sanchez of Gilroy was the shooter. He was found dead after fleeing into a home after the shootout.

Sanchez served time in state prison for violent felonies, including carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon, as well as burglary and possession of stolen property. He had two warrants for his arrest.

Sanchez was working at the pot farm. Leaders of the Rastafarian church affiliated with the farm called the sheriff's department when fellow workers reported Sanchez ripping up plants and wielding a weapon.

They say Sanchez arrived at the farm about a month ago.

Both deputies are recovering. Officials haven't identified them.


11:45 a.m.

Authorities say two Northern California sheriff's deputies are in fair condition after a shootout near a marijuana farm belonging to a Rastafarian church.

The Yuba County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday that the deputies are hospitalized after being wounded Tuesday while responding to a call at the pot farm in a rural community.

They chased the suspect into a house and a shootout began. The department says a SWAT team later found the suspect dead inside the home.

Yuba County Sheriff Steve Dufor says the initial investigation indicates the suspect died after being hit by shots fired by the deputies.

Officials haven't identified the suspect.


12:19 a.m.

A Northern California sheriff's deputy ran alone into a house twice to pull two wounded colleagues to safety.

The chase began Tuesday at a Rastafarian church's marijuana farm and ended with a shootout and the suspect dead. The wounded deputies are expected to survive.

Yuba County Sheriff Steve Durfor says the third deputy did not see the suspect or hear any gunfire after putting in an officers-down call and entering the house. A SWAT team later found the suspect dead.

Durfor says it's likely the man died from the deputies' gunfire, but it's possible his wounds were self-inflicted.

The man was a new worker at the farm and was ripping up plants and wielding a gun, which prompted the head of the church to call authorities.

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