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Big Bear Lake man, 69, accused of killing 22-year-old

By in Press Enterprise on December 27, 2017

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

San Bernardino County sheriff’s homicide detectives arrested a 69-year-old Big Bear Lake man Tuesday night on suspicion of fatally shooting a 22-year-old man in a mobile home, according to authorities.

Lawrence Eugene Blakee called authorities around 12:30 p.m. and told dispatchers he’d shot the man, according to initial sheriff’s reports. However, a motive for the shooting was not released Wednesday. Initial reports indicate Blakee said the wounded man was a family member.

Deputies and paramedics arrived at the home in the 41100 block of Lahontan Drive but the wounded man — Brandon Holmes of Big Bear Lake — was pronounced dead, according to a sheriff’s new release.

Detectives interviewed Blakee at the Big Bear sheriff’s station and arrested him later Tuesday night, according to authorities.

Blakee was booked into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga around 9:15 p.m. He is being held without bail, according to booking records.

Detectives ask anyone who may have more information on the shooting to call Detective Marc Goodwin or Sgt. Jerry Davenport at 909-387-3589. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or go to


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