NORWALK, OH (WOIO) - What started as a welfare check, ended with a victim dead and the suspect killed by police.
"The windows were open. The doors were ajar. One of his cars was missing and Mr. Berens' two dogs were not in or around the residence which was unusual," says Norwalk Police Chief David Light.
A concerned neighbor of James Berens who lived on Morley Drive called Norwalk Police Saturday morning.
" Jimmy was a very kind hearted compassionate person," says a friend of the victim.
Cops later discovered that the 57-year-old handicapped man was killed Friday inside his garage by his 39-year-old neighbor Shane Lambert.
Berens befriended Lambert. Detectives say Berens went to Narcotics Anonymous meetings to lend support and try to help people. That's where he met Lambert.
" Mr. Berens was going to break that relationship between himself and Mr. Lambert because Mr. Lambert wasn't doing anything to help himself," says Chief Light.
Investigators say that upset Lambert, who killed the victim and drove off in his car.
Lambert's wife called cops after her husband came home with a blood soaked t-shirt-shirt, face and arms.
"The vehicle was soaked with blood and there was blood spatter inside the vehicle," says Chief Light.
Fast forward to early Monday morning where a Mansfield police officer shot and killed Lambert during a confrontation.
Berens body was found a short time later by Norwalk detectives on Washington Road just outside the city limits.
"Mr. Berens' dogs were located there at the scene and they are alive . They were actually guarding the body," says Chief Light.