A double murder investigation has been launched after two men were stabbed during a robbery at a cannabis factory.
Witnesses reported windows of a house being broken and men running away carrying plants on Pensnett Road in Brierley Hill, Dudley, at 03:30 GMT.
West Midlands Police said a fight spilled out onto the street, during which the men were stabbed, and a car was crashed into parked vehicles.
One man was pronounced dead at the scene while the other died in hospital.
Cannabis was later found being grown in a property on the road, officers said.
One man has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to rob and inquiries are ongoing to identify other men involved.
Insp Nick Barnes, of West Midlands Police’s homicide unit, said: “We believe this property was deliberately targeted by a group of men who knew it was being used to cultivate cannabis.
“In the ensuing disorder two men have suffered fatal knife wounds.”
The men who died have not been named.
Paramedics from West Midlands Ambulance Service gave advanced life support and specialist trauma care to the men, one of whom was taken to Russell’s Hall Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
At the scene
By Bob Hockenhull, BBC Midlands Today
A large cordon remains in place on Pensnett Road.
Police have been covering the front of a house at the centre of their inquiries with a blue tarpaulin while they carry out forensic examinations.
There are tyre tracks on an open patch of grass leading to a car, which has crashed through a fence and has now been covered up.
A police tent has been put up near to the car.
In another location nearby I have seen a blue BMW, with its rear window smashed, which is being guarded by officers.
Police are appealing for anyone with information or dashcam footage of the scene at the time to get in touch.
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