Former KCPD detective sentenced to 6 years in fatal shooting

A former Kansas City police detective who was convicted of fatally shooting Cameron Lamb was sentenced Friday to six years in prison.The judge sentenced Eric J. DeValkenaere to three years for involuntary manslaughter and six years for armed criminal action with the sentences to run concurrently. DeValkenaere will remain free on bond during the appeal process. In November, the former detective was found guilty in a bench trial of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in Lamb’s death. Lamb was parking a pickup truck in his backyard when he was shot on Dec. 3, 2019.The judge agreed with the state’s argument that DeValkenaere and his partner should not have pursued Lamb into his backyard and that the deadly shooting was not lawful self-defense.He found the officers were the aggressors in this incident because they did not have probable cause that a crime had occurred and entered private property without a warrant or consent. The judge said the officers escalated a situation that had previously de-escalated and that they had a duty to retreat.Prosecutors questioned DeValkenaere’s decisions on that day, asking why did he not deescalate the situation and why did he not intervene when he saw Lamb driving earlier.DeValkenaere testified that there was not time. He was emotional on the stand when he said he needed to back up his partner who went ahead of him, and he said that when he saw a gun, he could not let his partner get shot.

A former Kansas City police detective who was convicted of fatally shooting Cameron Lamb was sentenced Friday to six years in prison.

The judge sentenced Eric J. DeValkenaere to three years for involuntary manslaughter and six years for armed criminal action with the sentences to run concurrently.

DeValkenaere will remain free on bond during the appeal process.

In November, the former detective was found guilty in a bench trial of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in Lamb’s death. Lamb was parking a pickup truck in his backyard when he was shot on Dec. 3, 2019.

The judge agreed with the state’s argument that DeValkenaere and his partner should not have pursued Lamb into his backyard and that the deadly shooting was not lawful self-defense.

He found the officers were the aggressors in this incident because they did not have probable cause that a crime had occurred and entered private property without a warrant or consent. The judge said the officers escalated a situation that had previously de-escalated and that they had a duty to retreat.

Prosecutors questioned DeValkenaere’s decisions on that day, asking why he did not deescalate the situation and why he did not intervene when he saw Lamb driving earlier.

DeValkenaere testified that there was no time. He was emotional on the stand when he said he needed to back up his partner who went ahead of him, and he said that when he saw a gun, he could not let his partner get shot.

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