Norton, KS, school secretary murdered; Husband arrested

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NORTON, Kan. (KSNB) - An investigation is underway into the murder of a Norton, Kansas woman.

Authorities in Missouri arrested 42-year-old Damien Shields for the first-degree murder of his wife, 38-year-old Lori Shields.

Norton County deputies found Lori dead in her home in rural Norton Sunday afternoon. Early Monday morning, they received a call that Damien had suffered self-inflicted wounds at a hotel in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Damien was taken to Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo. He was released at 4:20 p.m. on Monday. Police then arrested and booked him into the Cape Girardeau County Jail on a murder charge.

According to the Kansas Department of Corrections, Damien had a history of domestic violence. He was sentenced to prison on November 30, 2010, for aggravated battery, violation of a protective order and domestic battery.

He was released from prison on December 2, 2015.

Kansas authorities are investigating the murder of a school secretary in Norton, KS.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and the Norton County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating a homicide that occurred in rural Norton, Kan. on Sunday.

Preliminary information indicates that the Norton County Sheriff’s Office learned Sunday afternoon that a female victim was deceased at 16353 U.S. Highway 36, in Norton. At approximately 3:40 p.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to the residence where they discovered 38-year-old Lori Shields, of Norton, deceased inside.

A suspect connected to the case was identified, and KBI agents and sheriff’s deputies worked to try to locate him. On Monday, at approximately 2:40 a.m., the Cape Girardeau, Mo., Police Department responded to a report of person calling out for help from a hotel room. Once police arrived, they learned the man in the hotel room was being sought by Kansas authorities connected to this homicide case.

The man was taken to a hospital in Cape Girardeau to be treated for injuries that were likely self-inflicted. He remains hospitalized at this time.

The KBI did not identify the suspect or the murder weapon.

Shields was a secretary at Eisenhower Elementary School. The district canceled classes on Monday for students, faculty and staff to mourn her death. They also issued the following statement:
"Norton USD 211 is mourning the loss of Lori Shields. Lori was a secretary at Eisenhower Elementary School and she touched the lives of students and staff in so many positive ways. We are thinking of her children and other family members during this difficult time."