The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office has identified a Squaw Valley man who allegedly triggered a SWAT standoff that ended in gunfire earlier this week.
53-year old Lance Legrande of Squaw Valley is now being held at the Fresno County Jail with bail set at $506,000.
It was just before 10PM last Sunday night that Legrande reportedly called the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office to report strange activity on his property on the 35000 block of George Smith Road in Squaw Valley.
Legrande reported that a dozen people were tearing up his property and killing his animals. He reportedly told Dispatchers he was armed and would defend himself.
When Deputies arrived Legrande was still talking to Dispatchers but was reportedly not making sense. Deputies determined that Legrande’s adult son was in the house, and they focused on getting him safely out. That’s when gunfire was reported from inside the house.
The adult son eventually made it out of the house, and that’s when Legrande allegedly fired out of the house towards Deputies, who returned fire. No one was hit.
SWAT was called to the scene, and more shots were heard from inside the home. At around 1AM SWAT members reportedly found Legrande running across his property, and he was taken into custody. No one was hit by any of the gunfire.
It’s not clear if Legrande was under the influence of any suspect. Toxicology reports are now pending.