Two Mississippi police officers were shot and killed Wednesday morning in a Motel 6 parking lot by a woman who fired at them from inside her SUV.
Amy Anderson, 43, fired at the cops after they arrived for a welfare check around 4:30 a.m. and spoke to her for about 30 minutes, according to investigators.
Sgt. Steven Robin of the Bay St. Louis Police Department and officer Branden Estorffe were both killed by gunfire, according to police.
Anderson had a child in the car, and the officers called the state’s Child Protective Services at one point before the shooting, according to a statement from the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation reported that Robin, 34, was pronounced dead in the parking lot and Estorffe, 23, died after being rushed to the hospital. Anderson was found dead with a gunshot wound to the chest, according to police.\
Mississippi Department of Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell said while investigators suspect Anderson killed herself, he wouldn’t confirm that pending an autopsy because one of the officers fired a shot during the encounter, according to the Sun Herald.
It’s unclear what happened to the girl in the SUV, who was reportedly younger than 10.
Bay St. Louis has a population of 10,000 people and is about 60 miles from New Orleans.
“I am heartbroken by this terrible loss of two brave law enforcement officers,” Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said in a statement posted on Twitter. “I am praying for their family, friends, their fellow officers, and the entire Bay St. Louis community.”