Suspected killer was Delta State professor who asked for reduced class load due to medical issues
Delta State University professor Ethan Schmidt was shot in the head
When officers finally caught up to him late Monday night, he made good on his threat, police said: He pulled out a gun and killed himself.
Lamb was the suspect in two killings: that of Ethan Schmidt, who was shot in the head in his office on the campus of Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, and of Amy Prentiss, who was found shot to death at a home in Gautier, a coastal city about 300 miles away from the university.
A 7 p.m. candlelight vigil is scheduled at Delta State to remember Schmidt.
The hunt for Lamb brought together campus police and city police, as well as the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Bolivar County Sheriff’s Department and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
At some point on Monday, Lamb spoke with police and told them “he wasn’t going to jail,” Gautier Police Chief Dante Elben said.
Late Monday night, officers spotted Lamb pull over his car near Greenville and run into the woods. Soon afterward, they heard a single gunshot and found Lamb’s body.
Lamb taught at Delta State with Schmidt. He lived with Prentiss, 41.
But beyond that connection, authorities have not disclosed a motive.
“We’re not going to speculate on a motive until we have facts in hand,” Cleveland Police Chief Charles Bingham said.
At a midnight news conference, Delta State University President William LaForge said that Lamb had taught at the school for a while and had been teaching online geography courses.
He recently asked to take a reduced load of classes for medical reasons, said LaForge, who learned that from the school provost and did not elaborate about Lamb’s supposed medical issues.
A surreal day
Lamb’s arrest ended a surreal day for students and staffers at Delta State, about 115 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee.
The school was locked down throughout the day, its buildings cleared. Only 250 of the 1,150 students remained on campus, confined to their dormitories. Classes are canceled for Tuesday but counselors are on hand to meet with anyone who needs help, said LaForge.
“It was probably the scariest thing I have been through in a while,” said a student who had Schmidt as a professor.
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