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Autopsy: Pot gunman suffered multiple gunshots

By Rachel Rosenbaum/rrosenbaum@appealdemocrat.com Marysville Appeal-Democrat
Mark Anthony Sanchez
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The suspect killed in a gunfight with Yuba County deputies on Tuesday suffered  multiple gunshot wounds, the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

Spokeswoman Leslie Carbah said while it’s apparent Mark Anthony Sanchez was struck by return fire, the department cannot officially confirm whether it was those wounds or a self-inflicted wound that killed him.

She said  two Yuba County deputies wounded in the Oregon House shootout remained hospitalized and in fair condition.

A complaint was called in Tuesday morning from a person with the ONA Sugarleaf Rastafarian Church about an armed man who was upset and was pulling up marijuana plants. When deputies arrived, a foot chase ensued and the suspect went into a neighboring house. Soon after that, the shootout occurred.

Carbah declined to review the timeline of how the shootout took place, saying there is an active investigation underway by the Yuba-Sutter Officer Involved Shooting team. She declined to release the 911 recording for the same reason.

“The OIS investigation won’t be about the garden or its status of non-compliance. It is certainly a part of the totality of the circumstances, but the compliance of the garden will be addressed as a separate issue and will involve code enforcement,” Carbah said in an email Thursday. “But again, even the grow portion of this is an active investigation so we really can’t comment at this time on what the outcome may be in regards to the grow.”

She said she did not have the plant count for that grow site.

Sanchez of Gilroy was a convicted felon who had served time in California State Prison for multiple felonies, including carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon, as well as burglary and possession of stolen property, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

It was also discovered that Sanchez had two active warrants out of Gilroy for robbery and disturbing the peace at the time of his death.


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