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Mississippi Veterinarian Who Killed Two Cops Told Them She Was Being Followed
Mississippi veterinarian Amy Anderson allegedly pointed out an unrelated white pick-up truck in the motel parking lot before she shot Bay St. Louis Police Sgt. Steven Robin and Ofc. Branden Estorffe.
The Mississippi veterinarian who engaged in a shoot-out with two police officers, killing them both, had told those officers that she believed she was being followed by a white pick-up truck, according to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.
Amy Anderson, 43, checked into a Motel 6 in Bay St. Louis with her eight-year-old daughter and three dogs around 2:30 a.m. last Wednesday, the agency said. About an hour later, she reportedly asked the front desk clerk to call 911 on her behalf.
Bay St. Louis police officer Branden Estorffe and Sergeant Steven Robin arrived at the scene minutes later and spoke with Anderson for about 40 minutes, Oxygen.com previously reported. She told the officers that she "was in fear for her life and that she was being followed by a white pick-up truck," according to the agency's press release.
Anderson pointed out a white pick-up truck with out-of-state plates in the motel's parking lot to officers, the New York Post reported. After running a background check on the vehicle's license plate, the officers determined that Anderson's paranoia was unfounded.
Interactions between Anderson and the officers remained cordial for about 30 minutes, according to body camera footage reviewed by the Post.
Estorffe then stepped away and contacted Child Protective Services, due to "concerns for the safety of the minor child" and questions bout Anderson's mental health, according to the press release. At that point, Anderson told the officers that she and her daughter intended to leave the hotel, and they began packing up their vehicle.
The officers attempted to keep Anderson and her child from driving away from the motel, while still speaking to Child Protective Services.
Anderson then reportedly shot Robin — who was standing just outside the driver's side door of her vehicle — in the head. He died at the scene.
Estorffe subsequently exchanged shots with Anderson at 4:19 a.m. Anderson was hit in the chest and died at the scene, while Estorffe was taken to Memorial Hospital, but succumbed to a bullet wound in his head. (He was also hit in the hand.)
“Both of them received fatal wounds in that split second," Tindell told the Post.
Mississippi Department of Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell told WLOX News that the child was in the passenger seat during the exchange of fire. She was uninjured in the shoot out, and Anderson's two older children were not present.
Tindell stood by the officers' behavior at the scene.
"It is my opinion that Officer Estorffe and Sergeant Robin's concerns for the safety of the minor child were well-founded and, based on the mental state of Mrs. Anderson, their heroic actions very well may have saved the lives of others," he wrote in the release.
Oxygen.com could not reach the department for further comment at press time.
Anderson had worked as a veterinarianin nearby Ocean Springs, Jackson television station WLBT reported. Her Facebook page stated she’d begun working at a regional animal hospital in October. She grew up in Vicksburg, Mississippi and attended Mississippi State University, according to the Vicksburg Post.