Deputies: Man threatened wife with machete

By Patrick Santomauro, Producer, psantomauro@wkmg.com
Published On: Jul 02 2014 12:28:40 AM EDT
Artie Lamb
ALTOONA, Fla. -

Lake County deputies used a stun gun to subdue a man who they say tried to cut his wife with a machete.

Deputies were called to a home on East Lakeview Drive in Altoona Sunday night after a woman called 911 about a domestic attack. The caller told dispatchers Artie Lambert, 44, tried to stab his son-in-law at their home. Deputies were also told Lambert threatened to "shoot the cops" if they showed up.

When deputies arrived, they saw Lambert swinging a machete at his wife as she tried to stop him from escaping. The deputies ordered Lambert to put the machete down as they approached the home with their guns drawn.

After putting down the machete, deputies say Lambert took something out of a toolbox and started walking towards them. One of the deputies pulled out a stun gun and used it to stop Lambert because he felt Lambert made "aggressive movements."

Deputies say after handcuffing Lambert, he told one deputy he was "studying his face" because he was going to "find him when he got out." According to the arrest report, when the deputy told Lambert his words could be considered a threat, Lambert told him it was a threat.

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