Shannon Lamb allegedly called police himself to report Amy Prentiss' murder

By Tara Fowler
Updated September 15, 2015 09:50 AM
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Before driving five hours to Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, on Monday morning, Shannon Lamb allegedly killed his live-in girlfriend, church outreach minister Amy Prentiss.

Lamb, who died Monday night of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, is also the suspect in the fatal shooting of history professor Ethan Schmidt.

Police said that about 20 minutes before the shooting at the college campus, the 45-year-old Lamb, a geography professor at Delta State, called authorities to report he had killed Prentiss, allegedly warning them, “I’m not going to jail,” according to The Sun Herald. The couple lived together in Gautier, Mississippi, about 300 miles away from the university.

After the shooting at Delta State, the campus was placed on lockdown while police hunted for the gunman. Lamb, initially a person of interest, was upgraded to a suspect later in the afternoon. Police ultimately caught up to him Monday night, but not before he took his own life while fleeing officers who were following him as he was driving.

A friend of Lamb’s, who had known him for almost thirty years, was shocked about the allegations. “I can come up with 50 other names of people who I think could possibly do something like this before him,” Damian Hollis tells PEOPLE. “The man I know never would have done this.”

A friend who knew Prentiss described her as kind woman whose life mainly revolved around helping her daughter get her music career off the ground. “She always wanted to help other people,” Lindsay Knowles told The Sun Herald.

Prentiss and Lamb had been dating for about three years, and while they’d had arguments before, Knowles told the paper that Lamb had never gotten violent with Prentiss – at least to her knowledge.

In a Facebook post dated July 14, Lamb even called Prentiss “the best girl in the world,” thanking her for her support as he pursued his doctorate.

She replied, “I’m very proud of you!! Congratulations, Dr. Lamb. I love you more every day.”

Police have yet to establish a motive in either killing.

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