CULLMAN, Ala. (WIAT) — The Cullman community is mourning one of their own Tuesday after 16-year-old Jackson Lambert accidentally shot himself Monday night.
Cullman Police Chief Kenny Culpepper says officers responded to the call of an accidental shooting that came in around 8:27 p.m Monday. Lambert was dead when they arrived.
Lambert was a student at Cullman High School. Principal Kim Hall was visibly shaken by his death when she told CBS 42 that Lambert was “a good kid that will be missed.”
Hall declined to speak on camera without talking to his family first.
Police investigator Sgt. David Nassetta said Lambert was home Monday night with his family and having a Facetime conversation with a friend. He was handling a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson pistol when he discharged the weapon and shot himself in the head. Police say it killed him instantly.
Nassetta said Lambert was an avid hunter and had a lot of experience with guns.“We feel like he was convinced that the gun was not loaded and he did something with it that probably with him being comfortable with guns he didn’t think a whole lot about it and ultimately the gun was loaded and it fired when he thought it shouldn’t,” said Sgt. Nassetta.
Police are convinced this was not a suicide and that no foul play was involved. It was a tragic accident that took Lambert’s life.“Just a momentary lapse in judgement and it’s resulted in an eternity of loss for the family. Obviously, he won’t get to experience whatever else life had in store for him. It is, it’s just a real tragedy,” said Nassetta.
Lambert’s father said funeral arrangements have been made at Daystar Church in Good Hope for Thursday, October 26. Visitation will be open to the public from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Pastor Jerry Lawson will conduct the service.