Gun incident gets Cincinnati Police sergeant banned from Milford cinema

Posted at 10:11 AM, Jan 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-09 17:22:47-05

MILFORD, Ohio -- A sergeant with the Cincinnati Police Department has been stripped of her weapons and ordered not to consume alcohol or drugs or step on cinema property after she prompted an evacuation of the Rave Motion Pictures Friday night.

Shauna Lambert, 50, is charged with inducing panic and using weapons while intoxicated. Milford Police say she dropped a gun inside the movie theater on Rivers Edge Drive and admitted to drinking "a lot" while off-duty. No one was injured, and no shots were fired.

Lambert's attorney appeared before a judge Monday morning at the Clermont County courthouse. Her next scheduled court appearance will be at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 1.

Her police powers are suspended pending the outcome of her criminal case, City Manager Harry Black said in a memo. Lambert is a 23-year veteran of CPD and is assigned to District Four.

Shauna Lambert's booking photo

The Milford Police Department initially responded to reports of a person with a gun Friday night, according to a news release. In a 911 call, a Rave employee urged officers to respond “right away.”

Police arrived quickly and arrested Lambert inside one of the theaters. In the video below, a police officer asks Lambert how much she had to drink.

"I ... had a lot," Lambert said.

"Yeah, I can smell it," the officer responded.

WATCH the full video in the player below (courtesy of Robert Dunaway):


Tony Peterson, who sat two seats away from the Lambert in the theater Friday, said Lambert was behaving strangely before the lights went down.

Peterson said that when he and his fiancée moved to a new set of seats, Lambert began to harass other patrons. That was when she dropped her pistol.

"Once the movie started, she stood up a couple of times and started to grab toward my fiancée, who was right beside me," Peterson said. "She started digging in my coat."

"Some guy turned his cellphone light on, saw what it was (and) snatched it up," Peterson said. "And then the commotion started."

The incident wasn’t Lambert’s only run-in with the law; her license was seized in April 2016 after she was pulled over in Blue Ash and "smelled like alcohol," according to a police report. Lambert refused all blood-alcohol content tests, according to court records.

Blue Ash police charged her with operating a vehicle under the influence, Sgt. Allison Schlie said, but records show Municipal Court Judge Josh Berkowitz amended it to a count of reckless operation in response to a motion from Lambert's attorney. In response to a mugshot request from the April incident, the Hamilton County Justice Center said they did not "have any record of a person with that name and DOB."