A Finley man fired a shotgun at a man stealing marijuana plants from his licensed medical marijuana plot early Thursday.
The 20-year-old man said he spotted the suspect at 5:40 a.m. putting plants from his 41-plant backyard garden into a backpack, said Benton County sheriff’s officials. The resident fired a few shots over the suspect’s head.
The suspect then scrambled over a 6-foot fence and ran away, officials said. The resident then fired another shot from the fence at the fleeing man. It’s unknown if the suspect was hit.
Authorities say he got away with some marijuana. They checked the area with a police dog but were unable to find the suspect.
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They notified local hospitals to watch for a possible gunshot victim.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 509-628-0333.