Homicide detectives with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office have arrested 53 year old Lance Legrande of Squaw Valley.  He remains hospitalized and has been electronically booked into the Fresno County Jail.  He is facing five felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.  His bail is set at $506,000.

Shortly before 10:00 pm on November 25th, a man, later identified as Lance Legrande, called the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office to report strange activity taking place outside his house located on the 35000 block of George Smith Road in Squaw Valley.  The 53 year old man claimed he was witnessing about a dozen people tearing up his property and killing his animals.  He told dispatchers he was armed with a gun and would defend himself.  

As deputies responded, they learned the man’s adult son was also inside the house.  Legrande continued to speak with dispatchers over the phone, but was not making sense.  Deputies arrived and focused on trying to safely get the man’s son out of the home.  However, their efforts were delayed once they heard several gunshots being fired inside the home and they could not determine exactly where the suspect was located.  

About 30 minutes later, dispatchers were able to call the suspect’s son.  They encouraged him to get out of the house.  He eventually walked out of the home and met deputies by their patrol vehicles.  A short time later, Legrande fired out of the house toward deputies.  Two deputies returned fire with the suspect.  None of the deputies were struck.  It was unknown at the time if the suspect had been hit.

Due to the dangerous circumstances, the Sheriff’s SWAT team was called to the scene.  Around 12:00 am, SWAT members approached the house to try and find the suspect.  While doing so, they heard more gunshots inside the house.  Just before 1:00 am, deputies found the suspect outside, running across the property.  He fell down and deputies were able to capture him without incident.  He was not shot, but did suffer injuries, so he was transported to a hospital in Fresno.

It remains unclear what if any substance(s) the suspect was under the influence of, but more answers should be known following the results of tests taken at the hospital.

This remains an ongoing investigation.  If you have additional information about this case, contact Sheriff’s Detective Jose Mora at (559) 600-8205 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  You may also contact Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867 or

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Lance Legrande
Suspect's Home

Contact Information

Tony Botti
Public Information Officer
(559) 600-8137
(559) 977-0379
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