An apparent robbery of a marijuana-growing operation in Fresno resulted in a fatal gunfight Thursday that left two suspects dead and a 15-year-old girl being used as a human shield by fleeing robbers.
Two of the alleged gunmen who broke into the house in south Fresno are in custody and three remain at large, said Lt. Louis Hernandez with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies were called to the house in the 5100 block of South Orange Avenue about 4:10 a.m., initially for a report of a prowler. The suspects identified themselves as law enforcement to the residents of the house, Hernandez said, but the residents didn’t believe them.
The alleged robbers then kicked in a door and a gunfight ensued between the suspects and people in the home. The gunmen kidnapped a 15-year-old girl from the home and used her as a human shield as they left.
As deputies arrived at the scene, Hernandez said, they spotted two cars fleeing at high speeds. Authorities lost the vehicle with the kidnapped girl, but were able to follow the other car to a hospital.
There were three suspects in the vehicle, one of whom was wounded and succumbed to his injuries. The suspects in the other car dropped the teenager off near downtown Fresno.
She called a friend for a ride and arrived back at the home shortly thereafter.
One of the alleged gunmen died at the house after being shot, Hernandez said.
Sergio Hernandez, 23, of San Bernardino and Chi Tang, 31, of Madera were arrested. They could face charges of home-invasion robbery, kidnapping and two counts of attempted murder, as well as charges of using of a firearm during the commission of a felony and felony evading, according to a statement from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.
No one has been arrested in connection with the marijuana-growing operation, Lt. Hernandez said.
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