Alleged killer's 911 call: "I shot my wife last night"

Published: Sep. 15, 2015 at 4:37 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2015 at 8:18 PM CDT
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Amy Prentiss (Photo source: Facebook)
Amy Prentiss (Photo source: Facebook)
(Photo source: Gautier Police Department )
(Photo source: Gautier Police Department )

GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - Gautier police released a 911 call Tuesday made by Shannon Lamb around 10 a.m. Monday. In the call, Lamb confessed to killing Amy Prentiss and told the dispatcher where her body could be found.

Lamb: Um. You need to send some units over to 2320 Santa Cruz.
Dispatcher: What's going on there?
Lamb: I shot my wife last night.
Dispatcher: You said its 2320 Santa Cruz?
Lamb: Yes. There's a dog in the house. He's a sweet dog and he won't bother anybody but I'm sure he's upset.
Dispatcher: What is your name?
Lamb: Um. That's all I feel like saying right now. Just go and take care of her. You'll find all of her family phone numbers in her phone. You can contact them.
Dispatcher: What is her name?
Lamb: Amy Prentiss.

"He did not provide an explanation for the shooting nor that he intended to harm anyone else," said Detective Matt Hoggatt. "We did have other phone contact with the suspect trying to get him to turn himself in but those attempts were unsuccessful."

According to Hoggatt, Prentiss was found shot to death in their home shortly after the call was made. Hoggatt reports evidence found at the crime scene helped investigators positively identify that the caller was Shannon Lamb.

Jackson County Deputy Coroner Jason Moody said Prentiss' autopsy results from Jackson show she was shot in the forehead at close range.

Also during the search, police discovered a hand-written note signed by Lamb. The note stated, "I am so very sorry. I wish I could take it back. I loved Amy and she is the only person who loved me."

Lamb is also suspected of killing a Delta State University professor later Monday morning. Gautier police believe Lamb called 911 before reaching the college campus.

"We do believe Lamb committed the homicide in Gautier and he later drove to Delta State and committed that homicide there."

The DSU campus was placed on lockdown around 10:40 a.m. Monday after the school issued an active shooter alert. According to Bolivar County Coroner Murray Roark, a DSU professor, identified as Ethan Schmidt, was found shot to death in his office Monday morning. Moody said the projectiles that killed Prentiss are similar to those that killed Schmidt.

A massive manhunt to find Lamb was launched by multiple law enforcement agencies across the state Monday evening. Investigators said Lamb died from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound after leading authorities on a chase in Washington County late Monday night.

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