Central Valley man shot and killed after confronting pot growers

August 9, 2017

A 47-year-old Central Valley man was shot and killed after confronting three men illegally growing marijuana on his rural Madera County property. [KFSN]

On Monday night, Timothy Fagden confronted the men who were growing pot on the edge of his property in the community of Oakhurst about 20 miles north of Fresno. A fight ensued, ending with Fagden getting shot in front of his home as the sun was setting.

Deputies arrived and performed lifesaving measures, but Fagden died at the scene.

The suspects then fled in an older model minivan that was dark green or dark blue and had tinted windows, witnesses said. The suspects were described as Hispanic males.

Investigators say Fagden was known to law enforcement, and he had a history of drug related crimes. However, there is an increasing trend in California of new growers clashing with longtime residents in rural California communities.

Detectives are trying to determine whether Fagden and the suspects were familiar with one another. Residents of the Oakhurst say the neighborhood where the murder occurred is quiet, and everyone who lives there knows each other.

While processing the crime scene, investigators removed about 200 pot plants. The grow site was situated on a 10-acre piece of land.







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15 Comments

  1. mkaney says:

    PLEASE STOP perpetuating the lies of law enforcement. I’m not sure where you sourced this story from, but if it was from the Sheriff department press release then you let yourself fall sucker to his lies. The individual killed in this incident did not stumble upon these growers, he was involved with the growers.

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  2. L.A.RamsFan says:

    In my professional opinion it’s just a new industry experiencing “growing pains….”

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  3. L.A.RamsFan says:

    Not be disrespectful but ya think?!!!

    “Detectives are trying to determine whether Fagden and the suspects were familiar with one another.”

    The plot thickens….

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  4. L.A.RamsFan says:

    UncleCharlie?!

    Here’s a clue…

    “Investigators say Fagden was known to law enforcement, and he had a history of drug related crimes.”

    I wonder if one of those was cultivation back in the day? Ya never know until ya know… Ya know?

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  5. circlingthedrain says:

    As the sun was setting…? Did I miss something poetic here?

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  6. SLOBIRD says:

    This will soon become a common story. The illegals growing and selling pot are not giving up their livelihood! Remember, everyone growing marijuana needs a permit and must adhere to the rules and regulations and pay the fees, taxes, etc. This is going to get interesting!

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    • L.A.RamsFan says:

      Just like there’s still moonshiners and rum runners not givin’ up there’s as well SLOBIRD…

      Put a tax on a product and you’ll find those who don’t want to pay it and will go to the ends of the earth not to, Included in that are both cigarettes and alcohol…

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  7. c.d.cox says:

    Watch the crime rate go up in the Golden State you dopers will get what you ask for .

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    • abigchocoholic says:

      Watch the crime rate go up in the Golden State you dopers will get what you ask for .
      ————-
      You have it 100% bass ackwards. The killings happen because it’s illegal.

      When a product is illegal there is huge profit motive amongst shady people because only shady people get into illegal businesses and only when the profit motive justifies the risk of prosecution.

      Make it legal, you remove the huge, illegal profit motive and you remove the shady people. Legit business people with only reasonable profit expectations kill each other a lot less.

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    • L.A.RamsFan says:

      Us “dopers”? Wow, now that’s original! Guess you’ll be attaching a link to “Reefer Madness” next? Hope so because there’s only one thing that could follow in the footsteps of your ignorance while making me laugh my ass off and that’s a well thought out propaganda film of the 30’s when ignorance and intolerance were at there apex. Next you’ll be tellin ‘ us that your POtuS hit the nail on the head when he just rephrased the failed “Just Say No” bullshit! When are folks like you gonna get a clue?

      I’ve gotten what I’ve asked for, legal marijuana! Nope, not “dope” but a naturally occurring product of nature (sometimes slightly modified by man) that is far more beneficial then the shit you probably pick up at the pharmacy. Speaking of pharmacies?!! Look up the statistics on those being killed and those doing the killings in pharmacy robberies! It’ll send you to your nearest pot farmer…

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  8. UncleCharlie says:

    200 plants go unnoticed on his 10 acres for 3+ months? Not even. They had to be partners who got into a dispute.

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    • abigchocoholic says:

      200 plants go unnoticed on his 10 acres for 3+ months? Not even.
      ———–
      Good point. 10 acres is nothing. Impossible for him not to know there’s a grow on his land.

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      • L.A.RamsFan says:

        200 plants distributed correctly on ten acres mixed in with other plant life could be missed by the untrained eye. Keep ’em short and stalky (fat babies) with just enough room for sunlight to get to them for the appropriate time and they can be missed in the mix. As I said by the untrained eye; it appears Mr. Fagden just didn’t fit that description…

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    • mkaney says:

      You are correct.. he was involved with the grow

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  9. Rich in MB says:

    Remember…..no one dies from Pot, so the talking point goes.

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