Palmdale pot clinic shootout

The shootout happened around 7:17 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 36153 Sierra Highway. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

The shootout happened around 7:17 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 36153 Sierra Highway. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

PALMDALE – A 34-year-old security guard was shot multiple times Wednesday night during a robbery attempt at a possible marijuana dispensary in an unincorporated area near Palmdale, authorities said.

The shootout happened around 7:17 p.m. near the Alpine Springs trailer park at 36153 Sierra Highway. Arcenio Tavares is in stable condition after being shot multiple times by a gunman in a dark hoodie with a bandana over his face, according to a press release from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. Read it below:

On November 27, 2013 (Wednesday) at approximately 7:17 PM, personnel from Palmdale Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of shots fired near Sierra Highway and Barrel Springs Road.

Multiple rounds of gunfire were exchanged. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

Multiple rounds of gunfire were exchanged. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

The preliminary facts of this investigation indicate victim [Arcenio] Tavares was working as a security guard at the Cactus Green Collective when he spotted three males wearing dark hoodies with bandanas over their faces approaching with guns in their hands.

The victim drew his handgun, but was shot multiple times by one of the suspects.  Despite being hit by the bullets, the victim returned fire and the suspects ran off on foot.

The victim was transported to the hospital where he was treated and is listed in stable condition.  It is not known if any of the suspects were his by the gunfire.

This incident remains under investigation by the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Detective Bureau.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story had an incorrect age for the victim. Arcenio Tavares is actually 34 years old.

  12 comments for “Palmdale pot clinic shootout

  1. *#$&!##@
    December 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS. These [removed] criminals are going to ruin any chance we might have at actually legalizing marijuana. People will point to things like this as a reason why legalizing is a bad idea.

    I am so sick of all of the senseless violence in our town. My thoughts go out to the man who was shot, I hope they catch the cowards who did this.

  2. Jason Zink
    November 29, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Vote Green~Nov. 14!!! Why dont all these Collectives form a group to help draft an ordinance to regulate marijuana shops in The City and Antelope Valley, and gather signatures to have it on the ballot on the November 2014 Election ??? All you need is less then 5% of registered voters to vote yes to pass!

    • ginger
      December 1, 2013 at 1:07 am

      Honestly helps me with all the bones I broke:)

    • sickofit
      December 2, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      How about if they stop selling it completely and let the Feds take it over and regulate the growing and sales conditions. We don’t need a bunch more loadies, which is basically all that’s going on right now.

      • Sean
        December 15, 2013 at 7:59 pm

        Because the feds are doing such a good job of regulating pot as it is. We should DEFINITELY trust them to do that, right?

  3. trevon
    November 29, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I know the security guard I’ve known him since I was 13. He is. Good man

    • concerned
      December 1, 2013 at 9:25 am

      is he at Palmdale hospital???…I would like to take him a card…shame he was doing his job on a holiday just to have some punk try and end his life over weed and money…

  4. A Smoker
    November 29, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    These fools will get caught. I have never been to this collective but how is security set up? The smart collectives keep you locked out, and you have to get “buzzed” in (no pun intended). You hear about collectives getting hit in LA. They are a easy target because they are just about an all cash based and the have weed. It’s sad these three idiots are willing to do at least 10 years for a crime when you know they don’t have jobs and half of their families are living off the system. Just think, it’s the same system that keep them incarcerated till the 2020’s.

    Hope the idiots get caught ASAP!

  5. april
    November 29, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of this. Arcenio is a very close dear friend. “Im comung from vegas to see you, buddy!”

  6. Jason Zink
    November 29, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    This could of happened at any bank, convenient store or computer store like the one in Lancaster that killed a man. Its time we fully legalize and give all people the same protection and freedom and go after real criminals like the ones that committed this violence act. EDUCATION~FREEDOM!!!! prayers for a full recovery goes out to the security guard.

    • Jay
      November 29, 2013 at 3:27 pm


    • concerned
      December 1, 2013 at 9:26 am


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