Man accused of shooting mother-in-law | Crime
A Cross County man is in custody, accused of shooting his mother-in-law in the chest.
Nathan Lamb, 26, of Wynne is charged with battery in the first degree, residential burglary and two counts of aggravated assault.
According to police and court records, at approximately 10:41 p.m. Sunday Lamb shot Vonda Chism at her home in the 1200-block of Canal Street in Wynne.
Chism was taken to the Cross Ridge Hospital then flown to the The MED in Memphis with a gunshot wound to her left chest.
Lamb told investigators during questioning he went to his in-laws’ home to speak with his estranged wife, Joanna Kay Lamb.
An argument ensued and Lamb went home to get his rifle, according to the affidavit.
Lamb reportedly told officers he loaded his rifle then drove back to his in-laws. He said he parked his truck “down the street” at the corner of Thomas and Canal.
Then he went into the house.
In a written statement to police, Joanna Lamb said her estranged husband “busted in the door, shot Momma and then pointed the gun at me” and the couple’s nine-month-old child, whom she was breastfeeding at the time.
According to the court records, Lamb said he “couldn’t really remember” the exact sequence of events; but, he reportedly admitted he shot Chism, then the gun jammed.
Lamb said he “repeatedly” pulled the trigger, but the gun wouldn’t “shoot anymore” so he threw it onto the floor.
The victim’s husband, Eddie Dale Chism, came out of a bedroom and the two men began to fight, the affidavit reported.
Lamb then ran out into the front yard and waited for police to arrive.
According to the police report, when officers arrived Lamb said "I shot her. The gun is in the house."
Officers reportedly seized a Remington .22 caliber rifle and an empty shell casing from the scene.
Lamb is currently being held in the Cross County Jail.
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