Bay St. Louis Police Officers Shot: Authorities have verified that two police officers were shot and killed early on Wednesday morning at Motel 6 in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The motel, which is situated along a section of Interstate Highway 90 that passes through the Gulf Coast city, had called the Bay St. Louis Police Department to request a welfare check, according to officials.
Branden Estorffe, 23, and Steven Robin, 34, were the police officers killed, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety stated in a statement.
According to the department, the cops reached Motel 6 on Wednesday at 4:30 a.m. local time. The police then came upon a person, later identified as Amy Anderson, age 43, who was seated in a parked car with a young girl.
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According to the DPS statement, the officers spoke with Anderson for close to 30 minutes before contacting the state Department of Child Protection Services.
Authorities verified that Anderson shot both cops inside the car; Robin passed away at the scene, and Estorffe died from her wounds on Wednesday morning. According to the department, Anderson also passed away from a chest gunshot wound after initially being thought to have committed suicide.
The department stated that the Mississippi Bureau of Inquiry “is now evaluating this significant occurrence and gathering evidence,” adding that more information would be released once the investigation has concluded.
The state bureau’s agents will deliver their findings to the state’s attorney general’s office after the inquiry is over, the department said.
Tate Reeves, the governor of Mississippi, addressed the incident in a tweet.
— Governor Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) December 14, 2022
“I am grieved by this horrible loss of two brave law enforcement officers, he continued, adding, “Two Bay St. Louis Police officers were tragically shot and murdered in the line of duty. I’m praying for their loved ones, close associates, coworkers, and the entire Bay St. Louis neighborhood. Our law enforcement officers put their lives in danger daily around Mississippi in constant & repeated acts of selfless sacrifice for their community.”
A comment from Bay St. Louis Mayor Mike Favre in response to the shooting was also included in the public safety department’s news release on Wednesday.
Our hearts go out to the families of our lost policemen since this is such a tragic scenario, said Favre. “We kindly ask that you keep the City of Bay St. Louis, the Bay St. Louis Police Department, and their families in your prayers and thoughts over the next few days and weeks.”
Toby Schwartz, the chief of police in Bay St. Louis, called the occurrence “a tragedy” and praised Estorffe and Robin as two of the agency’s “finest” officers in a separate statement.
Schwartz continued, “We are gathering information and will ensure this incident is thoroughly investigated.