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.

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Comments (6)
  1. RB says:

    This is not something new or that the police were unaware of. I don’t understand why it has to come to someone shooting a gun before this matter comes to surface. recall (within the past year) letting my dogs out to go potty in an accessible trailed area belonging to EBMUD which is likely attached or adjacent to this area. I was met by the police upon returning to my car. (We are talking a 10 minute or less walk) They told me straight up it was not safe to be in the area because of the MANY active marijuana cultivation sites. Now hearing this red flags definitely rise to the occasion. What kind of operation is really going on in the hills and canyons above our homes and who are the real growers and why is nothing being done about it – until a gun emerges???

  2. Tours Martel says:

    You will notice that the police didn’t search the area until two days later. Our highly paid and pensioned so-called protective services aren’t exactly keen on doing their jobs. If one is ever in real danger, you would be better off calling the Marines. At least they would send real men to do the job.

    1. DaPoPoMan says:

      Tours are you a former Marine? Are you a “highly paid and pensioned so-called protective services” member? If not then sit back and enjoy your freedoms and STFU! I am both and I am keen on doing my job you a##. If you want to see who is a real man, then try being an upstanding citizen who uses reason to analyze situations instead of the opinionated a##hole that your writings show you to be.

  3. tn says:

    The problem with our local civil and protective agencies is that they are too used to reacting to a situation instead of pro-actively controlling a situation (e.g. Jaycee Dugard). It isn’t until someone gets hurt or directly stumbles on a situation that cannot be ignored, before action occurs. “Lack of money” has been the politicians’ knee-jerk answer to why nothing has been done.