One North Park police officer has been placed on routine paid administrative leave following the fatal shooting of an armed man.
Greg Martin Lamb, 28, was shot and killed outside his family's house Tuesday after he threatened officers with two semiautomatic weapons, said North Park Police Chief Kim Hawkes.
Police were called to the Cache County house about 2:30 p.m. on a family disturbance. At that time, the disturbance was just verbal, Hawkes said. Police had also been called the day before to the same house for another dispute.
While officers were talking to Lamb's father and brother at the front door, two shots were heard coming from Lamb's basement bedroom, he said. The shots were fired out the basement window, but Hawkes did not know Wednesday if they were aimed at anyone in particular.
The officers retreated and took the brother and father out of the house with them. Backup officers from North Park, Logan and the Smithfield police departments were called.
When officers arrived, they set up a perimeter and a negotiator talked to Lamb for 90 minutes before Lamb ended the conversation by "disconnecting" the phone, Hawkes said.
Lamb next crawled out of the basement window he had shot through, carrying two guns with him. SWAT team members ordered Lamb several times to drop his weapons, but he pointed them at the officers in a threatening manner, Hawkes said.
When Lamb continued to disobey the orders of officers and present a threat to the lives of others, he was shot by police.
Whether Lamb actually fired a shot or said anything to officers once he was outside the house was still being investigated Wednesday. Hawkes also did not know Wednesday how many shots were fired by officers.
Lamb's family was in mourning Wednesday, feeling a great deal of grief and some resentment toward police, questioning whether the use of deadly force was necessary. Hawkes said he has met with the family prior to each press release that is given to the media, explaining as much information as he could. He promised to keep them informed as any new details are learned. He said he knew the family was feeling a great deal of hurt.
Hawkes said police had another encounter with Lamb many years ago on a nonviolent offense.Investigators were waiting for an autopsy to determine whether drugs or alcohol were factors.