Suspect shoots self in foot with officer's gun
LAKE CHARLES - Police said a burglary suspect shot himself in the foot this weekend in Lake Charles after his arrest using a gun which had been left in the back of an officer's vehicle.
Lake Charles Police said 18-year-old Stacy Lamb injured himself in the shooting and two officers were placed on leave while the department investigates what happened.
Officers said they were called out to 2351 East McNeese early Sunday and told four to six people were trying to steal ATVs from inside a fenced area. When police arrived they said they chased several suspects from the scene on foot, catching two of them.
Police said one suspect was confirmed to be a juvenile, but Lamb's identity and age had not been confirmed. Police said Lamb was put in the back of a cruiser with his hands cuffed behind him, and surveillance video later showed he was able to go through an equipment bag left in the back seat by the officer.
Officers said Lamb initially told them he was a juvenile, and because officers could not find or contact any family members he was processed as a juvenile. Police said they put Lamb back in the same cruiser he'd been in earlier to take him to juvenile detention, and about a minute later the officers hear gunfire from inside the car. Police took the gun away from Lamb and saw he had two self-inflicted gunshot wounds to his right foot.
Police said they weren't sure if Lamb intended to shoot himself or planned to shoot the officers. Lamb was taken to the hospital for treatment, and police later confirmed he was actually an adult.
Department officials said the gun was issued to the officer who left his equipment bag in the back of the cruiser. Officials placed the two officers who were going to take Lamb to the detention center on leave during an internal investigation into the incident. Officials said leaving the equipment bag in the back of the cruiser is a violation of departmental policy.
Lamb faces charges of burglary, two counts felony theft, two counts resisting arrest, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The juvenile arrested with him faces burglary charges.