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Pot Grow Found Near Scene Of Officer Shooting In East Bay Park

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Moraga park ranger shooting

A police car and helicopter at Rancho Laguna Park in Moraga after a park ranger was shot at, July 26, 2011. (CBS)

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MORAGA (CBS SF) — East Bay Regional Park District police have found at least one active marijuana cultivation site near a woodland area south of Moraga where suspects opened fire on a police officer earlier this week, the department said Thursday.

The officer was conducting a foot patrol near the Upper San Leandro Reservoir around 6:50 p.m. Monday when two suspects fired an assault rifle at him.

Police said the officer returned fire and took cover, and was not injured in the attack. He called for emergency assistance and was safely retrieved from the scene in a park district police armored rescue vehicle, police said.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

Alameda County SWAT teams and other local jurisdictions helped regional parks police search the expansive watershed space on Tuesday and Wednesday, when they finally found the crime scene, police said Thursday.

Evidence of the firefight—including expended firearms ammunition casings from a high-powered assault rifle—was sent to a crime lab for processing, police said.

The department said aerial surveillance has uncovered at least one active marijuana cultivation site, although it is not clear yet if the shooting was related to the grow.

Police had not identified any suspects as of Thursday and were asking anyone with information to call the department at (510) 881-1833.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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