Burglary suspect shot outside home with marijuana grow operation

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DENVER -- One person was shot in an attempted invasion at a home where marijuana was being grown early Wednesday morning, the Denver Police Department said.

The incident happened after 4 a.m. in the 700 block of South Wolff Street in southwest Denver, a few blocks southeast of South Sheridan Boulevard and West Alameda Avenue.

The homeowners said they were legally growing marijuana and were robbed of pot plants about six months ago, so they had been on extra alert, police said.

Three possible suspects were heard outside the garage in the backyard of the home and when they were confronted, one of the residents opened fire with a gun, hitting a suspect in the shoulder.

Police said the incident might have expanded onto Wolff Street and they are investigating if shots were exchanged between the owner and suspects.

A man walked into Swedish Medical Center just before 5 a.m. with a gunshot wound and police believe he was the person injured in the shooting. His condition is unknown.

Police determined the marijuana grow was legal. Three residents of the home were taken into custody to be questioned. No other injuries were reported and no arrests have been made, police said.

One officer described the scene by saying, "It was kind of like the Wild West out here."