San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
Press Release

DATE/TIME: December 26, 2017, at 12:28 pm
INCIDENT: Homicide Investigation
LOCATION: 41100 block of Lahontan Drive, Big Bear Lake
VICTIM:Brandon Holmes, age 22 of Big Bear Lake
SUSPECT:Lawrence Blakee, age 69 of Big Bear Lake


On Tuesday, December 26, 2017, deputies from the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station responded to a residence in the 41100 block of Lahontan Drive in Big Bear Lake, following the report of a shooting. Deputies and emergency fire personnel responded and located the victim inside the residence suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The suspect, Lawrence Blakee, was also located at the residence and detained by deputies.

Detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division, Homicide Detail, responded to the location and conducted the investigation. During the investigation, detectives determined the suspect, Lawrence Blakee, had shot the victim. Blakee was transported to the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station, interviewed by homicide detectives and subsequently arrested. Blakee was transported and booked into the West Valley Detention Center for Murder and is being held without bail. He is scheduled for court on December 28th.

The motive for the shooting remains under investigation.

The investigation is on-going, and anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Marc Goodwin or Sergeant Jerry Davenport at (909)387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at

Refer: Detective Marc Goodwin or Sergeant Jerry Davenport
Station: Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail
Phone No. (909) 387-3589
Case No. DR #171701396 H #2017-122

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department
Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division
655 E. Third Street
San Bernardino, California 92415-0061
Telephone: (909) 387-3700