Sheriff: UT Knoxville officer mistakenly pulls gun on new neighbor

Authorities say Keith Lambert, the assistant police chief at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, mistook his neighbor's garage for his own and pulled a gun on his new neighbor. (Images: UTK, WTVC)

Authorities say the assistant police chief at the University of Tennessee Knoxville mistook his neighbor's garage for his own and pulled a gun on his new neighbor.

News outlets report the Knox County District Attorney's Office says it won't prosecute Keith Lambert over the July 24 confrontation. A county sheriff's office report says Valerie Slowik told deputies Lambert entered her garage and ordered her out of it at gunpoint, saying, “I’m a cop, get out of my house,” WATE reported.

The report says she told Lambert that he had the wrong house, but Lambert didn't realize his error until he saw Slowik's husband exit the home. Property records show Lambert purchased the home next door just days earlier. The Slowiks said Lambert moved in on the day of the confrontation.

Lambert was placed on paid administrative leave pending sheriff's office and police investigations.

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