Mississippi police have named Delta State University professor Shannon S. Lamb as a “person of interest” after an assistant history professor was fatally shot on campus Monday. (Reuters)
A professor who allegedly killed his live-in girlfriend before shooting and killing a fellow professor on the campus of Delta State University has taken his own life, reports say.
According to the Clarion Ledger of Jackson, Miss., which cited unnamed law enforcement sources, police attempted to stop Shannon Lamb, last seen driving a black 2011 Dodge Avenger with Mississippi license plates, late Monday. A license-plate reader picked up the cars plate when Lamb crossed a bridge over the Mississippi. Officers gave chase, but did not attempt to pull Lamb over.
Lamb, however, stopped of his own accord. Cleveland, Miss., Police Chief Charles Bingham said that officers following Lamb watched him pull his car over near Greenville, leave the vehicle and run into a wooded area. Then he said they heard a single gun shot and found Lamb’s body. He was transported to a hospital, where he died.
“The crisis is over,” said Delta State President Bill LaForge. “This campus is safe again, and our lockdown has been dismissed.”
The Associated Press reported Monday night that police said they had spoken to Lamb, who told them that “he’s not going to jail.”
“It’s unfortunate that this had to happen,” Bingham said at a press conference around midnight. “We didn’t want it to happen this way … but unfortunately he was the one that made that decision.”
[Fatal shooting of professor at Mississippi college might be linked to earlier homicide]
Shannon Lamb. (Gautier Police Department/Handout via Reuters)
The ordeal began on the Gulf Coast in Gautier, Miss., where the Gautier Police Department received a call shortly after 10 a.m. reporting a shooting at a residence. When police arrived at the scene, they found Amy Prentiss, 41, dead inside. Police said Prentiss was Lamb’s romantic partner and lived with him in the home.
Police said they believe Lamb, a 45-year-old Delta State professor of geography and social sciences, drove to the Delta State campus — five hours north in Cleveland, Miss. There, Monday morning at around 10:45 a.m., assistant history professor Ethan Schmidt, 39, was shot and killed in …Read More