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.
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 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.