An investigation is underway after 26-year-old Cameron Lamb was shot and killed by a police detective in Kansas City on Tuesday. The department continues to investigate whether Lamb pointed a gun at the officer or fired.
According to the Kansas City Star, the incident began on Tuesday afternoon when a disturbance between two vehicles was reported near 35th Street and College Avenue. One of the vehicles was tracked by a police helicopter as it parked behind a residence in the 4100 block of College.
Police approached a man in the vehicle and “the officer was put in a position where he had to discharge his firearm,” said Capt. Tim Hernandez, a spokesman for the Kansas City Police Department.
Police investigating the scene after the shooting say they discovered Cameron Lamb inside the vehicle with his left arm and head hanging out the driver’s side window. They say on the ground next to Lamb’s left hand was a gun.
The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave, per department protocols.
“We hear many times about stuff happening, but you never know this thing is going to hit your home and it hurts” Laurie Bey, Lamb’s mother, told Fox 4 KC.
“We lost a brother. Our mom lost her only son, and we have three nephews who don’t have a dad now. It’s definitely not going to be the same,” Vanessa Gray, Lamb’s sister, said. “It feels like a huge piece of your heart is just ripped out.”
In a post on Twitter, civil rights attorney S. Lee Merritt noted the peculiar details surrounding Lamb’s death.
“My office has been formally retained to represent the family of #CameronLamb who was killed by KCPD Tuesday December 3, 2019 as he was repairing cars in his own backyard,” Merritt tweeted. “He was deeply loved and his murder represents an irreplaceable loss for this family. They demand justice.”
This past Tues #CameronLamb was shot to death by @kcpolice in his own backyard. He was working on cars when police came and shot him to death. Police have provided no explanation to his family. My office has been retained and we are en route to get answers. pic.twitter.com/J4s7jGOvSe— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw) December 8, 2019
My office has been formally retained to represent the family of #CameronLamb who was killed by KCPD Tuesday December 3, 2019 as he was repairing cars in his own backyard. He was deeply loved and his murder represents an irreplaceable loss for this family. They demand justice. pic.twitter.com/qQM3NwTJUa— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw) December 9, 2019
Lamb’s family believes he was wrongly targeted and until justice is served, they’ll remain vigilant.
“We just want to know what happened, we just want to know the truth,” Shelice Sheppar, Lamb’s sister, told Fox 4 KC. “It’s not much more we can say other than we want the truth to come out and we want people to just be honest and tell us how it is, no matter what happened.”
KCPD’s Homicide Unit is investigating the shooting.