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Elkhorn standoff ends in suicide

--- Man was suspect in hit-and-run

Mike Heine/The Week

(Published May 23, 2007, 1:13 p.m.)

Negotiators tried for nearly five hours Monday to coax a wanted man out of his home northeast of Elkhorn.

When the Walworth County SWAT Team forcibly entered the home at W3945 Bray Road they found Timothy D. Lampton, 36, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to the sheriff's department.

Lampton was wanted by the Racine County Sheriff's Department for suspected involvement in a hit-and-run crash that occurred earlier in the day.

Walworth County Capt. Tim Schiefelbein noticed a truck on Bray Road that matched the description of the one involved in the accident, which left two women with minor injuries.

He followed it to Lampton's home and ordered Lampton to surrender after he got out of the truck, Undersheriff Kurt Picknell said. Lampton did not and locked himself inside.

The standoff lasted from about 2:30 until 7:30 p.m.

Police did not know when Lampton shot himself. They never did make contact with him.

Lampton had no history of mental health issues and police had not ever been called to his house, Capt. Dana Nigbor said. He had minor run-ins with police and several traffic violations, she added.

He lived alone, had no children and was not married. He was a track inspector for Canadian National Railroad, Neighbor said.

Police believe he may have consumed alcohol earlier in the day. Toxicology results are still pending, Picknell said.

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