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Warden Shot During Marijuana
Eradication Operation

August 5, 2005

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has identified the warden shot in Friday’s marijuana raid near Los Gatos as Kyle Kroll, 25. His patrol district is Santa Clara County. Kroll, who was shot at about 7 a.m. through both legs with a single rifle bullet near Mount Umunhum, has been a warden with DFG since August 2003.

Kroll was taken to Valley Medical Center in San Jose where he underwent successful surgery on Friday.

A total of three DFG wardens were involved in the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department operation. DFG wardens will often assist other law enforcement agencies on operations affecting fish and wildlife. There are environmental concerns that may pertain to large marijuana growing operations such as illegal water diversions, destruction of wildlife, and pollution, prompting the assistance of the DFG.

DFG currently has a total of about 300 law enforcement personnel statewide.

 
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