Amy Anderson died from return fire in a shootout involving Branden Estorffe and Steven Rubin

The veterinarian who fatally shot two Mississippi police officers in a Motel 6 parking lot was killed by one of the officers who returned fire, authorities said Friday as more new details emerged in the baffling case.

Amy Brogdon Anderson and Bay St. Louis Police Officer Branden Estorffe fired simultaneously after opening fire, killing Sgt. Steven Robin from their SUV, Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell told WLOX News.

Both of the latter shots were accurate, and all three were found dead in the Bay St. Louis parking lot Wednesday morning. Anderson’s 8-year-old daughter was in the car and witnessed the chaos but was not injured.

The detective revealed several other important details in the case, including why Anderson acted so frantically.

“Amy thought she was being followed and was clearly showing some signs of mental health issues,” Tindell said.

A distraught Anderson had checked into the motel, about 650 miles from her home in Ocean Springs, at 2:30 a.m. and asked the front desk manager to call 911 an hour later. Robin and Estorffe arrived within five minutes and found Anderson frantically packing her things from her room into her SUV, the inspector said.

Branden Estorffe and Steven Robin
Steven Robin and Branden Estorffe were killed in a motel parking lot on Wednesday morning.

Officers spoke to her and her young daughter and pet the family’s three dogs. Bodycam footage shows the interactions remained cordial for about 30 minutes.

According to Tindell, the white truck with out-of-state license plates that Anderson thought was following her happened to be driving through the motel parking lot. Robin ran a background check on the truck and found that Anderson’s paranoia was unfounded.

Officers were growing concerned for the 8-year-old’s safety, so Estorffe walked a short distance from Anderson to call Child Protective Services.

Sean Tindell, Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, addresses the audience at the Fallen Officers Memorial Ceremony honoring attorneys who lost their lives on duty in Jackson, Mississippi May 17, 2022.
Mississippi Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell said Anderson was killed by Estorffe’s return fire, not suicide.
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“About this time there was a commotion and as he rounded the corner Officer Robin was shot in the head and pretty much immediately he drew his gun and was able to fire two rounds. She took two rounds from hitting Officer Estorffe, but he managed to shoot her in the chest,” Tindell said.

“In that split second, both were mortally wounded.”

Officials initially suspected Anderson had committed suicide after gunning down Robin at point-blank range and Estorffe from about 20 yards away. Robin and Anderson died at the scene while Estorffe was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Police are still investigating the incident and trying to determine what led to Anderson’s distress. The only witness, Tindell pointed out, was a very traumatized 8-year-old girl.

“I don’t know what she saw,” Tindell said, “but she was there.”

Anderson worked as an emergency vet specializing in small animals at the 24-hour veterinary clinic MedVet Mobile, according to her Facebook page, which also says she is “single.”

Earlier this year, Anderson wrote about a vacation to Hawaii she took with her three children.

“The kids and I ticked another big item off our bucket list and we had the most amazing vacation with some extra education in Maui, Hawaii!!” She wrote. “It was without a doubt the most beautiful place we have ever been and we packed as much adventure, fun, hysterical laughter and memories as we could into 6 days.”

https://nypost.com/2022/12/16/mom-who-killed-mississippi-cops-died-by-return-fire-officials/ Amy Anderson died from return fire in a shootout involving Branden Estorffe and Steven Rubin

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