Man to face trial for armed standoff with police

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR – A Taylor man who prosecutors said had held a 14-hour standoff with police last fall has been declared competent to face trial on more than 30 felony and misdemeanor charges.

Brett Ryan Lambert, 22, was cleared for trial May 21 by Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Catherine Heise.

According to police reports, gunshots were reported from Lambert’s home in the 25000 block of Wick Road about 11 p.m. Nov. 5. Lambert was allegedly armed and had been distraught since the death of his father earlier in the year.

Gunfire was reported throughout the night and by morning Lambert’s home was surrounded by dozens of police and Downriver SWAT responders.

Negotiations and occasional gunfire continued through the early afternoon, including shots taken at officers and police vehicles, before Lambert surrendered.

Lambert was arraigned in 23rd District Court and bound over to Circuit Court and ordered to undergo forensic psychiatric evaluations to determine his ability to participate in his own defense and understand the charges against him.

Lambert was charged with 34 crimes including a dozen counts of assault with intent to commit murder, punishable by up to life in prison, along with multiple counts of felonious assault and weapons charges.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for June 8, and a jury trial is scheduled to begin in August. Lambert remained in custody on $750,000 bond.

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