Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Man Shot & Killed in North Division

UPDATEAfter consultation and reviewing the evidence with the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office, Homicide Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have determined that no charges will be filed against the property owner and that his actions did not rise to the level of criminal conduct in the shooting death of James David Lambert.
During the course of the investigation, CMPD detectives determined that the property owner positioned himself between his car and the truck James David Lambert was operating in an attempt to detain Mr. Lambert until police arrived.  Evidence gathered indicated that Lambert accelerated his vehicle in the direction of the property owner presenting a reasonable fear of imminent death or serious bodily harm to the property owner.

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Homicide Unit and A/D/W Unit are conducting an investigation into a shooting which left one man dead near the intersection of Lawing School Road and Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road. The incident was reported at 11:43 pm on Monday, December 12, 2011. The victim has been positively identified as James David Lambert.

CMPD North Division Officers initially responded to a larceny call for service in reference to a pick-up truck stealing a trailer on Travis Floyd Lane. Initial evidence indicates that a resident on Travis Floyd got into his truck to go after the suspected thieves.   At the intersection of Lawing School Road and Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road the resident fired a gun and as a result James Lambert was shot in the head.

Lambert was transported to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival. The second occupant of the vehicle towing the trailer remained on scene and has been transported to police headquarters, along with the shooter, who also remained on scene. This investigation is in its early stages. Detectives are in the process of canvassing the area of the initial call for service on Travis Floyd Lane.  Representatives of the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Homicide Prosecution Team responded to the scene as well to aid in the investigation.

Crime Scene Search responded to the call for service to process the scene and collect physical evidence.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. Detective Rainwater is the lead detective assigned to the case. In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.