Police in Bridgeport are awaiting some final test results as they try to put together pieces of a murder-shootout puzzle in which two people were killed in separate incidents this week in Harrison and Tucker counties.
Detective D.J. Hotsinpiller of the Bridgeport Police Department said during a Wednesday press conference that ballistics and toxicology reports are needed as they wrap up the Monday evening shooting death of 54-year-old Marianne Lambert of Parsons. She was shot four times at the Olive Garden Apartment Complex by her son, 34-year-old Robert Scott Lambert. Police said the Bridgeport apartment was rented to Marianne Lambert's daughter.
Robert Scott Lambert was fatally wounded Tuesday night at his mother's residence in the Pierce community near Parsons when he reportedly began firing at law enforcement officers as he exited the house.
UPDATE — Bridgeport Police Department Detective D.J. Hotsinpiller, the lead investigator in the shooting death of Marianne Lambert, addresses those gathered for a press conference Wednesday. (The Inter-Mountain/John Wickline) The Inter-Mountain, all rights reserved.
Police said witness statements led them to suspect Robert Scott Lambert was the suspect in his mother's death.
Hotsinpiller said Marianne Lambert was shot twice in the back of the head and twice in the back. He said three of those shots came from a .22-caliber rifle and the fourth from a handgun. All four shots appeared to have been fired from close range. Witness statements indicated the two had been arguing earlier Monday evening, but the source of that argument was not revealed. Bridgeport Police Lt. Gary Weaver said it appears Robert Scott Lambert left town shortly after the shooting.
Robert Scott Lambert was quickly located at the Pierce residence early Tuesday morning, but police said he did not respond to calls placed to the house phone and cell phone.
"With the layout of the residence and the surrounding property, and the information we had on the suspect," Weaver said, "we didn't feel it was safe (to approach the door). The evidence we found at the scene made us concerned for other people's safety."
Officers with the Bridgeport Police Department, the West Virginia State Police Special Response Team, the Tucker County Sheriff's Department, and the Harrison-Lewis Drugs and Violent Crimes Task Force kept the residence under surveillance for several hours Tuesday before finally deploying a gas irritant inside the house, the action taken after it became evident communication attempts would be futile. An armed Robert Scott Lambert came out of the building and began firing. Officers returned the fire, and Robert Scott Lambert was fatally wounded. Tucker County Emergency Medical Services crews, which were already on scene, attempted to render aid to Robert Scott Lambert.
Hotsinpiller said there was no history of any domestic incidents between the mother and son in the Bridgeport jurisdiction, and they are attempting to determine if there were any similar situations in Tucker County.
According to West Virginia State Police Public Affairs Officer Sgt. Michael Baylous, the West Virginia Special Response Team is made up of troopers from throughout the state. The unit, which was formed about 10 years ago, is divided into northern and southern teams.
"It is a specialized unit for critical and emergency situations," Baylous said. "They receive specialized training and are the same as a SWAT team.
"They have more protective armor and specialized equipment."
According to Baylous, the troopers will meet and respond when called. He said any detachment can call out the SRT and it also will assist other agencies. The SRT is considered part of the West Virginia State Police Special Operations Unit that also includes K-9 units, aviation units and bomb technicians.
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