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Deputy surrenders without incident late Friday night

Saturday, September 23, 2006

By IVY HERRON

missivy1964@yahoo.com

After refusing to surrender when a chemical agent was

released in his house, Clay County Sheriff's Deputy

Jonathan Lambert, 34, of Brazil, walked out his back

door to be taken into custody without further incident

by members of the Indiana State Police at 12:20 a.m.

Saturday, ending a 14-hour standoff with law

enforcement.

Lambert was arrested and taken to the Parke

County Jail where he is being held without bond.

Mystery surrounds the number and type of criminal

charges Lambert will face when he is arraigned. All

court documents, including the arrest warrant and

probable cause affidavit, were sealed by Clay Circuit

Court Judge Robert Pell to protect the integrity of

the investigation and case against the deputy.

No further information about Lambert's alleged

criminal charges will be available until released by

the court.

After refusing to turn himself in to the Clay County

Justice Center early Friday morning, Lambert's second

refusal to comply with authorities trying to serve an

arrest warrant caused officials to establish a

two-mile perimeter around his home at 6764 W. U.S. 40.

Details about why Lambert was asked to turn himself in

to authorities are not available because of the sealed

documents in the case.

The Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team, an

Indianapolis SWAT team and the U.S. Marshall's

Service was alerted.

Negotiators from various departments communicated with

Lambert by phone throughout the 14-hour standoff.

Tense moments occurred when Lambert allegedly came

outside his home, fired a round into the ground,

re-entered his home -- it is unclear if he fired

another round inside -- and then 20 minutes later he

exited his home again to fire another round from a

handgun. No shots were fired at officers.

More than 60 law enforcement officers from Vigo County

and Putnam County sheriff's departments, Indiana

Conservation Officers, Brazil City, Greencastle and

DePauw University police departments arrived to ensure

the safety of residents in the area and motorists on

U.S. 40 and S.R. 340.

Indiana State Police are continuing to investigate the case.



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