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According to authorities during the intense daylong manhunt to apprehend him, Shannon Lamb spoke with police and told them he wasn’t going to go to jail.  Late Monday night, when officers finally caught up to him he made good on his threat, police said: he pulled out a gun and killed himself.

Lamb was the suspect in two killings:

The murder of Ethan Schmidt, who was shot in the head in his office on the campus of Delta State University in Cleveland, Missisippi. As well as the death of Amy Prentiss, who was found fatally shot in a home in Gautier, about 300 miles away from the university.

Campus police, 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 were all on the hunt for Lamb.

Late Monday night, officers spotted Lamb pull over his car near Greenville and run into the woods and soon afterward, they heard a single gunshot.  Lamb’s body was then found in the woods.

Lamb taught at Delta State with Schmidt and lived together with 41 year old Prentiss.However beyond that connection, authorities have not discovered a motive.

The school was locked down throughout the day and only 250 of the 1,150 students remained on campus, confined to their dormitories. Classes are also canceled for Tuesday.

Schmidt and Lamb taught together at Delta State.  According to a biography of Lamb posted on the school’s website he received his Ph.D. from Delta State in 2014, and has taught geography and social sciences education courses there.

Also Schmidt’s Delta State biography says that he taught undergraduate courses in American history, and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas in 2007. Schmidt had written several books and scholarly papers and had expertise in Native American history.

Prior to working at Delta State, Schmidt taught for six years at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, where he received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011.  The school scheduled a series of counseling sessions for Tuesday.

The campus will also hold a candlelight vigil to remember Schmidt.



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