Cobb man shot dead by police: Neighbor describes man as ‘fine fellow’ who just ‘popped’
by Rachel Miller
June 09, 2013 12:05 AM | 7060 views | 12 12 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print

A neighbor described the killing of an Acworth man on the front lawn of his rented home in west Cobb Friday night as a high-stress confrontation with police that ended in tragedy.

Andrew Lambeth, 37, was fatally shot at his home on Dallas Acworth Highway by an officer who was aware the suspect was armed with a handgun and possibly suicidal, according to a report issued Saturday morning by Cobb County Police.

When Lambeth refused to respond to officers' commands to give up his weapon, one officer shot him. The police issued a statement saying the suspect fired his handgun but didn't say if it was fired in the direction of the police officers.

Police also aren't saying how many shots were fired, or by whom. Nor would they identify the officer involved in the shooting.

The police statement said officers were responding to a domestic dispute at the residence and encountered Lambeth outside in the front yard.

The neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, said he believes Lambeth succumbed to stress and just “popped.”

The neighbor said he came home 10 minutes before the shooting took place and did not hear any yelling or arguing at that time. The neighbor also said he did not hear any sirens when the first police car arrived. He heard at least three shots.

“By the time the third gunshot went off, there was another police cruiser and fire truck,” the neighbor said.

Family man

Lambeth was renting the home from a family friend, the neighbor said.

The two-story house with a large white porch is owned by Michael Lee Turner, according to records currently on file with the Cobb County Tax Assessor’s Office.

The suspect’s home is one of a few houses off a private drive that runs through a wooded area with a pond.

The neighbor said the area is a peaceful, family friendly neighborhood.

The neighbor said he did not know him personally, but that Lambeth waved to him when he mowed the lawn.

The neighbor said that Lambeth frequently drove his children to the end of the road in a truck and waited with them for the school bus.

“He was a fine fellow,” said the neighbor. “It is tragic.”

Christine Dwyer, spokesperson with Ferguson Enterprises, confirmed Lambeth was employed at Ferguson Waterworks off North Cobb Parkway in Marietta .

“Our thoughts are with his family,” Dwyer said.

Police investigation

Police refused to identify the officer who shot Lambeth, saying only that he has been placed on administrative leave, which is routine whenever an officer is involved in a shooting, said Officer Michael Bowman with Cobb Police.

“While the officer was en route to the location, 911 operators had an open line to the residence and relayed to the officer that they believed they heard gun shots,” Bowman said.

“When the officer arrived on scene, he confronted a male suspect out in the yard armed with a gun. The suspect was given verbal commands and did not comply with the verbal commands. The firearm was discharged and the officer was forced to fire upon the suspect because of the fact that he believed his life was in jeopardy.”

The suspect died at the scene, Bowman said. Cobb County Crimes Against Persons Unit and Cobb County Internal Affairs Unit are investigating.

 

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Be informed for 1nce
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February 10, 2014
I am an extremely close friend to this family. The father was a short tempered, violent drunk and abuser. Nothing about him waa loving, caring, and a good honest father under some stress. So don't make judgments unless you have all the facts, which you dont.
Hurry to kill
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June 12, 2013
The facts are... only one police car was present when the man was killed. We all know at least 3 police cars are always sent together when 911 call like this are made. How much time it took to kill this citizen was probably under five minutes!!!!! What was the reason the one police car rushed to judgement not logically or necessary. The police need to back off of rushing to judgement, they couldn't have known about in the five minutes this all happened.

tears in heaven
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June 11, 2013
Too many of "these cop shooting deaths". This is a horrible thing to happen to a kind and upstanding young father and citizen. WHY WHY WHY!

God must be asking that question. Three young children have lost their father, taken away from them for rest of their lives. Tears in heaven and there will be tears many, many years for these little children. So, So, So needless. We all have a job to do, who was thinking of these little children that day. They lost everything.
gary west
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June 10, 2013
Andrew, was a good guy, I dont beleive for a second, that he would have hurt anyone, it is sad he had to go this way
anonymous
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June 10, 2013
Don't forget the possibility always of death by cop...this is a form of suicide that angry, cowardly people choose. Not saying this was the case here, but it happens a lot.

Anyone waving a gun while not complying with law enforcement requests has taken the wrong road.
Family Friend
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June 09, 2013
Andrew Lambeth was a friend and I am so sorry that he is a victim of America's high stress lifestyle. Nothing good has come from his death other than there is now a job vacancy with Ferguson Waterworks.
Another "Friend"
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June 10, 2013
Very sorry you feel this way. The only thing that matters is that there is a family without their husband / father / brother / son / friend / coworker. Put your bitterness aside.
akaunknown
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June 09, 2013
It's not if you are high, drunk or can't hear good. It's if you are to the extent to point a firearm at a police officer, or at someone in the presence of a police officer - then your life is over. It isn't a police officers goal to go out and kill someone, the goal is to protect others and stop the threat, hopefully by a less than lethal method.

Now. In this case - had the male complied with the officers commands and placed the weapon on the ground. He would still be alive, just taken into custody. The sad thing is that the general public assumes things without knowing the details of the situation in an officer involved shooting. Some details which are not released for the protection of the family involved. The other thing, do people just forget the reason why the police were there in the first place? There was obviously a reason, in this case a domestic dispute, to bring police there. Officers did not just pick a random home and decide to shoot the male in the yard.

anonymous
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June 09, 2013
I'm praying to God that all people who own a gun, & are not paying attention to the news now days, this lifesaving advice. Law Enforcement are aiming & firing, & policy is shoot to KILL!!! If you are high or drunk or can't hear good, your life is OVER!! If you follow the news, the death count 2 or more every week. I think someone should put up Billboards warning the LAW HAS A SLICK TRIGGER TO SHOOT TO KILL. Dumb, or high you will be blasted to kingdom come. I hope cops are able to cleanse their souls the needless death count.
tired of it
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June 09, 2013
to Anonymous, if he didn't have the gun in the front yard with him or he would have put the gun down like he was asked than the man would still be alive! Why should the police risk their lives for idiots like this!!!!!!!!!!
jake376
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June 09, 2013
Law enforcement policy is to stop the threat and officers are taught to shoot center mass, not try for the leg or shoot the gun or knife or club out of someones hand like in the old cowboy movies. Officers want to go home alive.
Just Wait
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June 09, 2013
You obviously have had poor experience(s) with law enforcement in you past, very likely of your own making, probably when you were high or drunk. You create a situation, you must deal with the consequences.
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