UTPD assistant chief resigns after investigation, officials say

KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The University of Tennessee announced UTPD assistant chief Keith Lambert resigned following an investigation that launched in late July.

UTPD Assistant Chief Keith Lambert / Source: University of Tennessee

The university said "Keith Lambert resigned from his position as the UT Police Department assistant chief effective Wednesday, August 14."

This followed an investigation related to an incident that occurred on July 24.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office released the police report on the incident concerning UTPD Assistant Chief Keith Lambert on Aug. 8.

According to the report KCSO released on Thursday, investigators were sent to a home at 11333 Orvis Lane on July 24 and made contact with a complainant identified as Valerie Slowik at 6:23 p.m.

She said while she was in her garage when Lambert drove up in her driveway, got out of his vehicle and "entered the garage threatening her to get out of his house."

Susan Hicks lives next door. "[Lambert] pulled a gun and started pointing it at their face."

The report said Slowik told Lambert that he was at the wrong home, at which point she said he pulled a gun from his waistband and told her, 'I'm a cop, get out of my house.'

KCSO's report said other individuals, which are not named due to being juveniles, were also in the garage at the time of the incident.

Hicks said Slowik's daughter is 10-years-old.

KCSO said Ryan Slowik, Valerie's husband, reported he heard a "commotion" and went into the garage to see what was going on. When he saw Lambert, he said he told him to get off his property. Slowik said Lambert then told him, "Oh, sorry, I think I have the wrong house" before leaving.

The report said Lambert was not at the scene when investigators arrived, and they couldn't find him at his residence.

UT Chief Troy Lane said, "UTPD has an expectation that our officers conduct themselves with respect at all times. We recognize the authority that our officers hold, and expect them to treat others the way that they would like to be treated if in the same position. When UTPD found out about this situation, I immediately put [Lamber] on administrative leave and activated an internal affairs investigation."

Some neighbors said they were on edge in the Hardin Valley neighborhood.

"What if he decides to flip again and hears my dogs bark and decides to shoot them?" Hicks asked. "Or my children screaming because they're 15-months-old and kids cry. Something switches and he pulls his gun and starts shooting?"

A spokesperson for the Knox County District Attorney's Office said in a text message to WVLT News that "We declined prosecution and sent the case file investigating University of Tennessee Police Department assistant chief Keith Lambert back to the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

The University said Lambert worked with UTPD operations for 32 years. His most recent role was managing day-to-day operations.

The Tennessee Bureau of the investigation said they have not been asked to investigate.

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