Military Police Officer Robert Bruce Lambert

Military Police Officer Robert Bruce Lambert

United States Army Military Police Corps, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, October 16, 1976

Robert Bruce Lambert

Staff Sergeant Robert Lambert was stabbed to death inside of the Cumberland County Law Enforcement Center while attempting to restrain a combative prisoner.

The man produced a concealed knife and stabbed him in the thigh, severing a major artery.

The subject who stabbed him was convicted of murder in state court and subsequently sentenced to life in prison. He was released in 2004.

Staff Sergeant Lambert was assigned to the booking area at the county jail to process military prisoners; he had previously served with the United States Army in the Vietnam War assigned to 21st Military Police Company, 503rd Military Police Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, and Combat Infantryman's Badge.

He is survived by his wife, child, and mother.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Location North Carolina
  • Weapon Edged weapon
  • Offender Released in 2004

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On Tuesday October 16, 2018 my platoon will hold briefing in the former booking room where you gave your life 42 years ago. (This room is now an evidence packing room.) We will honor your service, your life and your legacy.

To the family of SSG Lambert, his name his engraved on a memorial in front of the Cumberland County Law Enforcement Center and he is remembered at a ceremony the first Tuesday in May at Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Lt. M. Hurley
Cumberland County Sheriff's Office

October 10, 2018

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