Flushing Township man shot chasing home invaders had illegal medical marijuana grow operation, sheriff says | MLive.com

Flushing Township man shot chasing home invaders had illegal medical marijuana grow operation, sheriff says

By David Harris | dharris5@mlive.com
on February 14, 2013 at 1:30 PM, updated February 14, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Genesee County Sheriff's Department recovered nearly 170 medical marijuana plants from a Flushing Township man's home on Thursday. He had more than twice the amount of plants he was supposed to have, police said. David Harris | MLive.com
FLUSHING TWP., MI The man who was shot in the arm while chasing two men who broke into his home was also running an illegal medical marijuana grow operation at the house, according to Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell.
Pickell said two armed men went into into a house on Duffield Road near Potter Road around 1 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, and ordered the homeowner, 45, to the basement where the marijuana was located.
The robbers took six jars of processed marijuana, a long gun and some woman's jewelry before taking off in a vehicle, Pickell said.

The homeowner grabbed a gun and then got in his own vehicle and went after the suspects, Pickell said. One of the robbers fired seven shots at the homeowner near M-13 and Calkins Road, grazing the homeowner's arm, Pickell said.
The suspects escaped in a black or blue, four-door Pontiac Grand Am or Grand Prix, the report states. They are believed to have a semi-automatic pistol.
The man's girlfriend and her three teenage daughters were in the home at the time.

One of the daughters contacted a friend via Facebook who called 911. The homeowner was treated and released from McLaren Flint medical center in Flint.
Pickell said authorities recovered 168 marijuana plants from the house more than double the 72 plants the man is allowed as a registered caregiver of two patients. Police also found small amounts of marijuana in rooms of three teenage girls in the house, 14, 16 and 18.
"What concerns me is (the homeowners) put their children at risk," said Pickell.
Pickell called the homeowner a "victim-slash-suspect."
"(The homeowner) is of course in violation of the law," Pickell said.
The man claimed he did not know the suspects were, but Pickell said police believe otherwise.
Authorities are contacting Child Protective Services about the incident and plan to meet with the Genesee County Prosecutor's Office at a later date.
The man had two other reported home invasions in the past year, one of which was dropped because he was being deceitful with prosecutors, Pickell said. The outcome of the other home invasion case was unknown.