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Man killed during marijuana farm raid

By Emily Baucum, News 4 Reporter
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GONZALES COUNTY, TX -- The Texas Rangers are investigating a deadly officer-involved shooting during a drug raid in Gonzales County.

It happened around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday near Waelder, just east of Luling.

Sheriff Glen Sachtleben says his deputies were busting a marijuana farm they'd been investigating for several months when it escalated into a shootout.

Fortunately, none of the deputies were hurt.

"There were six that were actually in the gun fight," Sheriff Sachtleben says.

He says one of the growers fired at the officers, and the officers fired back and killed him.

They took his partner into custody, a man the Sheriff believes is in the United States illegally.

The Texas Rangers are investigating the officer-involved shooting and federal authorities are looking into the marijuana farm.

"Probably the largest in my 40 years in this county we've ever encountered," Sheriff Sachtleben says.

He says the pot was growing across several acres in a very remote part of the county.

"In our estimation, this is not in the local use at all," Sheriff Sachtleben says. "We're pretty sure it's flowing into Houston from here."

Now neighbors are wondering how many other drug operations are hiding out in their sleepy towns.

"There's not many planes flying over," says Dan Fitch, who lives near Waelder. "It might be easier to hide out that way, I'd assume."

Sheriff Sachtleben says he's relieved he was able to get the growing operation out of his county.
 
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