A Mississippi college instructor wanted in the deaths of a woman he lived with and a university professor he worked with died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound as police closed in on him, the Associated Press reports. News of Shannon Lamb’s death late last night ended a chaotic, frightening day during which students and faculty at Delta State University hid in their rooms as authorities scoured the campus looking for Lamb. Cleveland, Ms., Police Chief Charles “Buster” Bingham said Lamb was returning from Arkansas when a license plate reader picked up his plate as he crossed a bridge over the Mississippi River yesterday.
Police in Greenville, Ms., followed Lamb but did not try to apprehend him. Lamb then pulled over and took off on foot. Police were waiting for backup when they heard a single gunshot. They found Lamb with a gunshot wound to the head. Lamb, 45, was a suspect in the slayings of 41-year-old Amy Prentiss, who was found dead in the home she shared with Lamb in Gautier; and 39-year-old Ethan Schmidt, a history professor who was killed in his office on campus in Cleveland. Police did not immediately uncover a motive for either slaying. Lamb had earlier asked for a medical leave of absence. The 3,500-student university in Cleveland is in Mississippi’s flat, agricultural region near the Arkansas state line.