A Washington state homeowner on Thursday shot and killed two people who may have been trying to steal marijuana from a large pot-growing operation at the home, a sheriff’s official said.
The shooting happened at a house in the Summit area of rural Pierce County, about 10 miles southeast of Tacoma. Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said the homeowner and the intruders both had weapons and got into a shootout.
The two intruders were killed; the homeowner and his 9-year-old son, who was also in the home at the time, were not hurt.
“This is not a random residential robbery,” Troyer told reporters at the scene. “This is a cultivating operation that somebody came and tried to take away from the homeowner.”
He described the pot-growing operation as “fairly substantial.”
“It could have went the other way. We could have had a dead 9-year-old and a dead homeowner,” Troyer said.
It was unclear whether the homeowner would face charges.
The shooting happened on the same day that a new law went into effect took effect in Washington decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana. It is still a federal crime to grow or sell marijuana.
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