Gunman from Harper Woods Shooting Incident Nets 27 Felony Charges

Harper Woods resident Lester Chambers has been arraigned on charges stemming from last Friday's shooting incident between Chambers and police at a home on Lancaster.


Harper Woods Police Chief Jim Burke released a Nixle report on Nov. 19 at 3:46 p.m. about the Nov. 16 shooting incident that put several Grosse Pointe Schools on lockdown just as they were about to end the school day.

Police responded to a residence on Lancaster after receiving reports of gun shots from the home.  Chambers fired a shotgun at police from inside his residence, police said.

According to the Nixle report, Harper Woods District Judge Roger J. LaRose arraigned Lester Chambers of Harper Woods on Nov. 19 in District Court 32A.

Chambers has been remanded to the Wayne County Jail without bond and is facing 27 felony charges issued by the Wayne County Prosecutor. 

Chambers has been charged as follows: 

(8) counts of Assault with Intent to Murder (4) Harper Woods Police Officers and (2) citizens. 

(8) counts of Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm Less Than Murder. 

(8) counts of Felonious Assault. 

(1) count Discharge Firearm at an Occupied Building 

(1) count Malicious Destruction of Police Property. 

(1) count Felony Firearm. 

GP For Life November 19, 2012 at 10:23 PM
27 counts! Oh, snap!
Holly Rutherford November 19, 2012 at 11:40 PM
So sad for the family and his children.
mark d. shoup November 19, 2012 at 11:43 PM
There goes Harper Woods....Soon, not fit for human habitation.
jorg erichsen November 19, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Today's modern prosecutors are over the top! Yes he allegedly did very bad things, but 27 charges is extreme overkill!
Edward Smith November 20, 2012 at 01:08 AM
You need to have at least those many charges so you can keep these goons in jail for life.
anthony neme November 20, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Jorg, why don't you defend him in court then? Half of the charges will be dropped anyhow. The amount of counts ends up being a deterrent for future prospects thinking of similar actions.
Steve November 20, 2012 at 02:45 AM
To be honest, I've got the feeling from what I've read that this guy needs psychological help, not just jail.
Bradley Coopersmith November 20, 2012 at 03:30 AM
You know why I don't fire shots in my neighborhood at 3 in the afternoon? Because I'm at work.
Holly Rutherford November 20, 2012 at 03:12 PM
This man was NOT a thug, he was a dedicated father who, who worked as a caterer, and whose wife told him she was leaving him that day, and he lost it. I'm not defending what he did, and I believe that he needs to face the consequences of his actions, but nobody should make a snap judgement when they don't have all the facts.
Mark November 20, 2012 at 07:31 PM
No Holly you actually are defending him. The guy is a piece of garbage and needs to go to prison.
patricia bellomo November 20, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Lester was my neighbor. I found him to be a dedicated man to his children. He was always polite and friendly. My heart goes out to his beautiful children.
patricia bellomo November 20, 2012 at 11:42 PM
my prayers to Lester and his children.
patricia bellomo November 20, 2012 at 11:45 PM
i agree. I still am in shock over this , this man was not garbage. something must have snapped for this to have happened.
Laura November 21, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Holly it seems you're a good person not passing judgment and not defending his action. You are correct, medical attention along with the jail time. Sounds as if he did snap.. thank God officers and neighbors were not harmed.
jean November 21, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Ive had many a bad day. I myself am divorced and never once did I fire a shot. However my worst day was when I learned my brother was dead from apparently someone else who had a bad day and decided to pull the trigger. No excuses....
walden schmidt November 21, 2012 at 02:27 AM
When the ex told me she was moving out, I partied like a rock star for two weeks…
Holly Rutherford November 21, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Thank you for celebrating my point about snap judgements Mark.
Mark November 21, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Exactly Jean. The man could have been Jesus for all I care that doesn't excuse potentially killing other people. That is what makes him garbage. He could have shot one of your children.
Chris Fontaine November 21, 2012 at 05:12 PM
So you think 27 charges was extreme? Ask the HW officers that were shot at if they think it was extreme!
Paul Trombley November 21, 2012 at 08:11 PM
All he needs is a few more felonies and he can be our next state representative.
Ronald November 28, 2012 at 02:43 PM
How about prayers to the officers he tried to kill and their families??
vicky davis December 29, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I think you guys are total garbage....who do u think you are passing judgement. Lester is a upstanding HW citizen just like you are. It a terrible thing to hear people speak so harshly and don't even know the facts... Wow!


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