The Califorinia couple’s relationship had broken down, with Lambesis’ wife Meggan filing for divorce, seeking a ‘dissolution of marriage’, according to Reuters.
“The information came to us late last week. We acted quickly on it. I believe that we averted a great tragedy,” said a San Diego police spokesperson.
Lambesis, 32, allegedly approached an ex-policeman and hired him to kill his wife. Other reports have named the ‘hitman’ as an undercover detective.
The band, who have released 6 albums since getting together in 2000, have recently been on tour in Asia.
Below: A press release from San Diego police.
Main image: Lambesis (centre) and band mates (via Getty)