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Man dies in fire sparked by police flash grenade

Police in California say a man was killed after officers threw a flash grenade into a house during a raid while looking for another man who was suspected in a shooting.

Police in California say a man was killed after officers threw a flash grenade into a house during a raid while looking for another man who was suspected in a shooting.

The Monterey County coroner tells the Salinas Californian that 31-year-old Rogelio Serrato was the victim of a fire started Wednesday by a diversionary flash grenade used by police.

Monterey police raided the Greenfield house in their search for 23-year-old Alejandro Jose Gonzalez, whom they were seeking in connection with a New Year's Day shooting.

Police say Gonzalez was not in the house and is still at large.

Officers say they tried to coax Serrato out of the house for hours before throwing the grenade.

Neighbors gathered and prayed as officials removed his body from the house.

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Information from: The Salinas Californian, http://www.californianonline.com

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