Suspect in Sunday shooting arraigned

Lambert faces multiple charges

Eddie Lambert

A man charged in an early Sunday morning shooting that injured one man is now being held in Webster County Jail on a $10,000 cash only bond after his initial court appearance Monday.

Eddie Lambert, 50, of Fort Dodge, is charged with two Class D felonies: willful injury causing bodily injury and possession of a firearm as a felon. A pre-trial hearing on the case is scheduled for Aug. 21.

Fort Dodge police arrested Lambert without incident at 3:40 a.m. Sunday, about three hours after being called to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center. There, a 52-year-old man came in with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his arm.

Officers learned that the victim had allegedly been shot by Lambert after an argument at 816 S. 16th St. Investigators have yet to determine what the argument was about.

Capt. Ryan Gruenberg, public information officer for the Fort Dodge Police Department, said the suspect then allegedly fled the scene of the incident. The victim was transported to the emergency room by personal vehicle.

Investigators spoke to two witnesses present at the shooting who confirmed that Lambert fired the round with a handgun that struck the victim. Another person at the defendant’s residence on Seventh Avenue North relinquished a handgun to law enforcement officers, identified as the defendant’s, which police allege is the weapon Lambert used on Sunday.

Court records show that Lambert was charged with willful injury causing bodily injury in 2003, but probable cause presented was insufficient for a conviction and the case was dismissed.

Police are continuing their investigation of the incident and encourage anyone with information to contact the police department or Webster County Crime Stoppers at 515-573-1444.