Man arrested for first-degree murder in wife's death in Norton, Kan.

Lori Shields worked as a secretary at Eisenhower Elementary School in Norton.
Lori Shields worked as a secretary at Eisenhower Elementary School in Norton.(KWCH)
Published: Apr. 8, 2019 at 12:04 PM CDT
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Monday evening

Cape Girardeau police in Missouri arrested 42-year-old Damien L. Shields in the death 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.

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 for first-degree murder.

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.

Norton's wrestling club has set up an account at

in Norton to help raise money for Lori's funeral expenses and to help her children.

The bank's president says anyone can stop by at any of their locations to donate. Donations can also be mailed to 314 W Holme St, Norton, KS 67654.


Monday morning

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and the Norton County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating a murder after a woman was found dead in a home in rural Norton, Kan. on Sunday.

The Norton County Sheriff’s Office requested KBI assistance at approximately 3:50 p.m. on Sunday, April 7. Special agents and the crime scene response team responded.

Around 3:40 p.m., sheriff's deputies were called to 16353 U.S. Highway 36, in Norton. They found 38-year-old Lori Shields dead inside the home.

The KBI says a suspect connected to the case was identified, and KBI agents and sheriff’s deputies worked to try to locate him.

Around 2:40 a.m. on Monday, the Cape Girardeau, Mo., Police Department responded to a report of a person calling out for help from a hotel room. Police arrived and 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.

Shields worked as a secretary at

in Norton. 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."