Medical marijuana grower shoots, kills robbery suspect

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PHOENIX - Details are unraveling about a Thursday afternoon shooting in central Phoenix where one man was killed over a medical marijuana deal gone bad.

Investigators have determined that a 30-year-old Hispanic male was issued an Arizona Medical Marijuana Identification card on May 25. The card allows the man to cultivate and possess marijuana. He began advertising medical marijuana for sale to those who had a medical marijuana identification card.

On Thursday, two black male suspects contacted the grower and arranged to meet at an apartment complex near 17th and Missouri avenues to make the purchase.

The grower asked to see their medical marijuana identification cards and one of the suspects indicated that his card was in his apartment, luring the grower to the back of the complex.

Once they three men were inside the apartment, suspect Larry Miller, 38, pulled out a gun and attempted to rob the grower of his marijuana.

A struggled ensued which resulted in the grower retrieving his own gun and shooting Miller.

The second suspect, a black male in his mid 20s, fled the area with grower's backpack which is believed to contain marijuana.

The grower called 911 and provided aid to Miller until paramedics arrived. Miller was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died.

The grower, whose identity is not being released, was questioned and was later released.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office is reviewing the legal circumstances of the fatal shooting. No arrests have been made at this time.