Police seek suspect after history professor killed


Ethan Schmidt and Shannon Lamb taught together at Delta State University.

A photo on the school's website shows them standing side by side, smiling at a 2013 holiday party. That same year, Schmidt thanked Lamb in the acknowledgments of his book.

Now, Schmidt is dead after someone shot him Monday in his office on the school's campus in Cleveland, Mississippi. Police say Lamb is a suspect in the slaying.

Lamb remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous, Cleveland Police Chief Charles Bingham said Monday evening.

Police in a city 300 miles away also described Lamb as a suspect in another homicide there -- and said they'd spoken with him at some point on Monday.

Gautier Police Chief Dante Elben warned law enforcement to "use extreme caution" if they spotted the suspect. At some point on Monday, Elben said, Lamb spoke with police and told them "he wasn't going to jail."

The police chief didn't specify when investigators spoke with Lamb or how.

"We do not have the suspect in custody at this moment, but we are actively pursuing him," Bingham said.

He declined to detail a motive in the case.

"Right now we have no motive," Bingham said, "and we're not going to speculate on a motive until we have facts in hand."