South Lake Tahoe police investigating a burglary in progress netted an armed suspect and discovered an unauthorized marijuana growing operation.
Officers on Tuesday responded to 911 calls reporting a male breaking into a residence on Bonanza Avenue. When they arrived, police chased a suspect who was carrying bags of items stolen from the residence, according to a Police Department news release. They chased him through yards and over a fence to a meadow near D Street and Highway 50, where the suspect attempted to pull a gun from his waistband. But police said the suspect lost control of the weapon, a semiautomatic pistol with a high-capacity magazine loaded with 9mm ammunition, and was apprehended with no shots fired.
One officer was injured during the incident and taken to a hospital for treatment, police reported.
The identity of the suspect is being investigated, as he provided false information to police upon his arrest. Police said the house that was burglarized was found to be an unauthorized marijuana grow house.
The suspect is being held on suspicion of illegal possession of a firearm, armed burglary and robbery.
The marijuana was removed from the house with help of the South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Detective Nick Carlquist at (530) 542-6133.
Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.