Knox Co. commissioner stands up to gunman's robbery attempt

Knox Co. commissioner stands up to gunman's robbery attempt

Knox Co. Commissioner Greg "Lumpy" Lambert demonstrates how he drew his gun to defend his business. Knox Co. Commissioner Greg "Lumpy" Lambert demonstrates how he drew his gun to defend his business.

November 12, 2006

By SONU WASU
6 News Reporter

POWELL (WATE) -- A Knox County commissioner did not let a gunman rob his business. Instead he pulled out his own gun.

The tense moments took place Saturday inside Greg "Lumpy" Lambert's car dealership, Advantage Auto Sales on Clinton Highway.

Lambert says it happened in broad daylight.

Kane Stackhouse walked into Lambert's office saying he was interested in buying a car and had been saving for one for months.

Lambert showed Stackhouse around, even let him test drive one.

When the two got back into the office, Lambert says Stackhouse started to get nervous. Lambert says Stackhouse did not seem like the type who could afford an expensive car, and he seemed fidgety.

Lambert printed out a "bill of sale" while Stackhouse went outside to smoke a cigarette.

When he came back inside, things got ugly. That's when, Lambert says, Stackhouse pulled out his gun and started waving it around.

Lambert, who is a strong gun rights activist and member of the National Rifle Association, reached into his pocket and pulled out his gun.

"I did a more proper draw out and up, and of course at that point I said, 'Drop it,' Lambert said. "He said he didn't want any trouble. He just wanted to leave. I said, 'You're not leaving with that gun.' Of course, I was using some profanities. I have to confess in a tense situation I can have a potty mouth."

Lambert says Stackhouse dropped his gun on the floor and fled. He left his driver's licence at the business.

Knox County authorities arrested him several hours later.

According to Stackhouse's license, he is 19-years-old. Lambert says he wants to know what events took place in Stackhouse's life to lead him to a life of crime at such a young age.

"He's a young man, only 19-years-old," Lambert said. "He has a full life ahead of him. He can recover from this and go on to become a productive citizen."

Lambert says he's forgiven the man, but wants him to seek help. "I also want to thank him. I want to thank him for putting down that gun and not forcing me take action."

The Knox County Sheriff's Office did not return our phone calls for more information relating to charges and bond.

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