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Officer acted properly in shooting, report says

Published Sep. 16, 2005

A Tampa police officer acted properly when he shot and wounded a despondent man who pointed a gun at him May 27 in MacFarlane Park, an Internal Affairs police report says.

Officer Brian Carpenter found Steven Michael Lambert, 34, near a pay phone in the crowded park where Lambert had just called 911 and threatened to shoot somebody if police did not kill him. When Lambert pointed a .22-caliber pistol at him, Carpenter shot him four times.

The Internal Affairs report noted that witness accounts, including Lambert's, corroborated Carpenter's version of events. Lambert told investigators he believed Carpenter was justified in shooting him and apologized. "He did his job and he did it well," the report quotes Lambert as saying.

Lambert has been charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.