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2 Mississippi officers shot and killed; suspect dies by suicide

The officers were conducting a welfare check on a 43-year-old woman with a minor child when she opened fire early Wednesday.

Two Mississippi police officers were killed responding to a welfare check Wednesday morning.

Amy Anderson, 43, opened fire on the officers at a Bay St. Louis Motel 6 before she died by suicide at about 4:30 a.m., said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, which is investigating.

The bureau said the officers were conducting a welfare check and spoke with Anderson while she was in a parked vehicle for about 30 minutes before she shot at them.

Amy Anderson.
Amy Anderson.via Facebook

A minor was with Anderson, and officers called child protective services. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations said the child was not injured.

One of the officers was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other died after initially being injured, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations said. They were identified as Sgt. Steven Robin, 34, and Officer Branden Estorffe, 23.

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said he was "heartbroken" and praying for the families, as well as the "entire 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 communities," Reeves said in a statement. "They are a key reason that the rest of us are safely and freely able to live our lives."

Two officers were killed at a local Motel 6 after responding to a call in Bay St. Louis, Miss.
Two officers were killed responding to a call at a Motel 6 in Bay St. Louis, Miss. WXXV

Bay St. Louis Mayor Mike Favre asked those aware of the situation to keep the community in their thoughts in the coming days and weeks.

"This is a very sad situation, and our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to the families of our lost officers,” Favre said.

Bay St. Louis is on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, roughly 60 miles northeast of New Orleans.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. You can also call the network, previously known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 800-273-8255, text HOME to 741741 or visit for additional resources.