Another attempted theft from a marijuana garden — followed by gunfire — took place Monday morning in southwest Fresno, less than a week after a fatal encounter involving a marijuana garden near Roeding Park, police said.
Shortly before noon, several men jumped out of a van near Dunn and Fruit avenues, hopped a fence and snatched several plants from the garden. As they sped away, the Fresno Bee reports, someone connected to the garden followed in another vehicle.
During the short chase, shots were fired from at least one of the vehicles before the occupants of the van collided with a utility pole on Dunn near Plumas Street, jumped out and ran.
No one was reported injured and no one was arrested. Two tenders of the garden reportedly had medical clearance to grow marijuana.
Meanwhile, the Fresno County Coroner’s Office said Monday that the man shot Wednesday allegedly during an attempt to steal marijuana growing in the backyard of a home near Roeding Park has died.
The man, who died Friday, has been identified as Stanley Wallace, 40, of Caruthers, the Coroner’s Office said.
Wallace was an occupant in a red Ford F-150 pickup that fled a home on the 900 block of West Belmont Avenue where the marijuana was growing for medical use, police said.
Police said one of the home’s residents, Phayvahn Dydouangphan, 47, was awakened about 6:30 a.m. by his barking dogs and saw five people in the garden. He fired a shotgun at them, and the five tried to flee.
Dydouangphan then fired a second shot, which hit Wallace in the head, police said. The driver of the pickup drove into Roeding Park and sought help. Dydouangphan is being held in Fresno County Jail on suspicion of murder, according to jail records.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer has said officers do not believe the shooting was justified. Dyer said the operators of the Belmont garden were a four-person collective who are medical marijuana patients.
Prompted by Wednesday’s shooting, Fresno County Supervisor Henry Perea said he plans to introduce at today’s board meeting a moratorium on outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana in unincorporated areas of the county until regulations can be established.