Key pieces of information about the state’s investigation into the deaths of two Bay St. Louis Police officers, and an Ocean Springs woman reveals that
Two Mississippi cops were shot and killed by a mom sitting with her young child on Wednesday
Anderson, a local veterinarian, was parked outside a Motel 6 in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, when officers arrived for a wellness check
They spoke with her for 30 minutes before she opened fire when they said they were calling Child Protective Services
One officer died on the scene and the other in hospital. Anderson was found dead at the scene with a gunshot wound to her chest
Amy Anderson, 43, was also killed, and it was thought that she shot herself
Investigators say Anderson believed she was being followed by a white truck, and asked the motel clerk to call 911 for help
Anderson’s 8-year-old daughter was in the front passenger seat when the deadly shootings happened
The bullet that killed Anderson was not self-inflicted, but from one of the officer
Investigators say a total of five shots were fired, three by Anderson, two by Estorffe
Mississippi news station WLOX News reports that several new, key pieces of information about the state’s investigation into the early Wednesday morning deaths of two Bay St. Louis Police officers, and a woman reveals among other facts that Ocean Springs resident Amy Anderson believed she was being followed by a white truck, and asked the motel clerk to call 911 for help.
The report also reveals the bullet that killed mom-of-three Anderson was not self-inflicted, but from one of the officers, adding that Anderson’s 8-year-old daughter was in the front passenger seat when the deadly shootings happened.
Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell Friday released a more detailed timeline of Wednesday morning’s events.
It states that at 3:35 a.m., a distressed Amy Anderson asked the clerk at the Motel 6 to call 911. Four minutes later, Sergeant Steven Robin and Officer Branden Estorffe arrived and met with Anderson in her motel room. Anderson’s 8-year-old daughter and three dogs were also in the room.
Why was Anderson at the Bay St. Louis motel when she lived in Ocean Springs? Tindell said, “She believed that she was being followed.”
Tindell said based on what he observed on Officer Estorffe’s body camera, the officers talked with Anderson for about 40 minutes. A portion of the talk was described by Tindell as “pleasant conversation.”
However, the pleasant chat took a dark turn.
“During the course of the conversations with Ms. Anderson, the officers became concerned for the safety of her daughter,” said Tindell.
He wouldn’t elaborate on what made them concerned, only saying, “She had made a number of comments that had the officers concerned for the safety of the child.”
A decision was made by the two officers to call Child Protective Services.
A little more than a half hour into the talk, Anderson packed up her stuff and headed to the car. Tindell said, “Ms. Anderson was loading up her car and was apparently attempting to leave the hotel. They were trying to keep her there until Child Protective Services could arrive.”
At 4:19, “Ms. Anderson, while seated in her car, shot and killed Officer Robin,” said Tindell.
Commissioner Sean Tindell said Sgt. Robin was at the door of Anderson’s vehicle when he was shot and killed. Officer Estorffe and Anderson then exchanged two shots each. Estorffe was hit in the arm and head, while Anderson took a fatal shot in the chest. Estorffe was treated for his injuries, but later died at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport. Anderson died at the scene. Officials say she had a Glock semi-automatic pistol.
Investigators say a total of five shots were fired, three by Anderson, two by Estorffe. Throughout the gun battle, the eight-year-old daughter was in the front passenger seat. An elderly couple staying at the motel raced to the vehicle after the shooting to help get the child away from the scene. Officials say she’s now staying with family.
“I don’t know what she saw,” said Tindell, “but she was there.”
Based on what Tindell reviewed, he hailed the officers for reaching out to CPS.
“It’s my belief their fears were justified. There is little doubt in my mind the actions that they took very well could have saved the lives of others.”
Estorffe was the only officer with a body camera.
Investigators are waiting for the autopsy and toxicology report to determine if drugs played a factor in this incident.
Anderson had three children. The older two were with their father. The eight-year-old was still with her mother because she has a different father.