Suspect in shooting, SWAT standoff had history of domestic violence

A woman was shot and the suspect shot and killed himself after a SWAT standoff in Franklinton (WSYX/WTTE)

A SWAT standoff that ended with a suspect dead started when nearly a dozen neighbors called 911 Wednesday night to report a man who'd opened fire.

Dennis Lambert, 54, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot inside his Franklinton home after a standoff with SWAT that lasted more than two hours. Earlier in the evening, neighbors near the North Guilford Avenue house began flooding the 911 lines.

"You guys need to come immediately we just heard probably about 6 shots right off and there are people crying outside of the house,” one 911 caller told the operator.

"He's shooting at everybody! His wife just got shot! His wife just got shot,” said another 911 caller.

Lambert's wife was shot in the arm and leg, and is expected to survive. It wasn't the first time police had dealt with Lambert because of domestic violence.

"They've been here many times for domestic violence,” said a third 911 caller who was identified as Dennis Lambert’s father-in-law. He told the 911 dispatcher his daughter was trying to move out with the kids but Lambert wasn't having it. "They're moving out, he's pissed. He tried to shoot them,” he told the dispatcher.

The family home on Guilford Avenue was riddled with bullet holes. That's because the SWAT team took out Lambert's surveillance cameras. Police said he was armed and refused to come out of the house when they got to the scene. Police said Dennis Lambert took his own life before officers could get to him.

Lambert's history with domestic violence charges dates as far back as 2005. According to court records in 2005 he grabbed his three-year-old son by the neck and slammed his head into the living room wall. This past August police charged him with domestic violence. Dennis Lambert also filed for divorce in 2008 but it was later dismissed because no one showed up to court.

"By reaching out to us we can help that person plan how to safely leave that individual,” said Lillian Howard, the Director of Clinical services at LSS CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence. The organization helps victims get out of a violent domestic situation.

Howard says it can take someone 6 to 8 times to finally leave an abusive relationship. "Many times they can't leave because the abuser has threatened to kill them or if there are children in the household the abuser has threatened to kill the children or other family members or relatives,” said Howard. “No one will ever know what's going on behind closed doors except the people that are involved in that relationship."

ABC 6/FOX 28 reached out to the family but they did not want to speak on camera.

If you need help because of domestic abuse there are some options for you: CHOICES for victims of domestic violence has a hotline 614-224-4663 or you can call the Ohio Domestic Violence Network at 614-781-9651.

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