Crime & Justice

Security guard shot 3 times protecting LA County medical marijuana dispensary

File: Marijuana plants grow at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles.
File: Marijuana plants grow at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles.
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A security guard at a medical marijuana dispensary in unincorporated Los Angeles County has been shot while trying to prevent a robbery at the business.

Sheriff's Capt. Don Ford said Thursday that the guard was shot three times late Wednesday when he tried to stop three suspects wearing bandanas and hoodies from breaking into the Green Cactus Collective in Palmdale.

The guard was in critical condition at a local hospital but was expected to survive.

Ford says the suspects fled on foot and remain at large. At least one was armed with a handgun.

Ford says the dispensary itself was illegal because such businesses are not permitted in unincorporated Los Angeles County.

Palmdale is about 60 miles northeast of Los Angeles.