Deputy Lancaster was killed when his unmarked vehicle was broadsided by a stolen car being pursued by a neighboring agency. Deputy Lancaster was pulling away from a stop sign when his vehicle was struck on the driver's side at 0009 hours. The suspect, who was wanted for kidnapping, was estimated to be driving at 90 mph at the time of the collision. The suspect was seriously injured and a pregnant female passenger was also killed.
Deputy Lancaster was working a crime pattern searching for burglary suspects and was not aware that the pursuit was occurring.
Deputy Lancaster had been with the Fresno County Sheriff's Office for two years and is survived by his wife.