Two police officers have been fatally shot at a Motel 6 in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The incident happened early morning after the officers responded to a call for a welfare check. The shooting happened at a local Motel 6, which is located along a stretch of interstate Highway 90 that runs through the Gulf Coast city, officials said.
The Mississippi Department of Public Safety confirmed that Branden Estorffe, 23, and Steven Robin, 34, were identified as the officers killed.
A department spokesperson says that the officers arrived at Motel 6 before 4:30 a.m. local time. The officers then encountered 43-year-old Amy Anderson, the subject of the wellness check. She was found sitting in a parked vehicle with a female minor.
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The officers interacted with Anderson for nearly 30 minutes. According to the DPS statement, they called the state Department of Child Protection Services.
According to reports, Anderson shot both officers from inside the vehicle. Robin died at the scene while Estorffe succumbed to injuries later at the hospital on Wednesday morning.
It was initially reported that Anderson also died at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to the department, she died from a gunshot wound to her chest.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation “is currently assessing this critical incident and gathering evidence,” the department said. They added that additional details will be made public at the conclusion of the investigation.
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In a Twitter message Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves addressed the shooting :
“Early this morning two Bay St. Louis Police officers were tragically shot and killed in the line of duty,” he wrote in part, adding, “I am heartbroken by this terrible loss of two brave law enforcement officers. I pray for their family, friends, fellow officers, and the Bay St. Louis community. Every single day across Mississippi, our law enforcement members place their lives on the line in constant and repeated acts of selfless sacrifice for their community.”
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