MBI releases details on deaths of Bay St. Louis officers

Sgt. Steven Robin, left, and Officer Branden Estorffe (MBI)

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred about 4:30 a.m. this morning in Bay St. Louis.

Bay St. Louis Police received a call to the Motel 6, which is adjacent to Ochsner Medical Center Hancock on Highway 90.

Officers responding encountered a female suspect, who fatally shot one officer and injured another, who later died, before killing herself.

Bay St. Louis Chief Toby Schwartz said 34-year-old Sgt. Steven Robin and 23-year-old Officer Branden Estorffe were killed in the line of duty.

A press conference will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Hancock County Administration Building. The flag at Bay St. Louis Police Department is flying at half-staff in their memory.

MBI said officers responded to Motel 6 for a welfare check, where they found 43-year-old Amy Anderson in a vehicle with a minor female.

Officers talked to Anderson for nearly 30 minutes and Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services was called. Anderson shot a weapon from inside the vehicle striking both officers. Robin received fatal injuries at the scene and Estorffe died a short time later at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport. Anderson died at the scene as a result of a gunshot wound to her chest.

Anderson was a veterinarian from Ocean Springs.

The officers were taken to the state crime lab in Biloxi this morning. They are scheduled to leave there about noon and be taken to funeral homes in Gulfport and Bay St. Louis.

Governor Tate Reeves said he was heartbroken over the loss of the officers.

“Early this morning two Bay St. Louis Police officers were tragically shot and killed in the line of duty,” Reeves said. “I am heartbroken by this terrible loss of two brave law enforcement officers. I am praying for their family, friends, their fellow officers, and 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 community. They are a key reason that the rest of us are safely and freely able to live our lives. They ARE the thin blue line.”

“This is a very sad situation, and our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to the families of our lost officers,” said Bay St. Louis Mayor Mike Favre. “We ask that you pray for the City of Bay St. Louis, the Bay St. Louis Police Department and their families and that you keep them in your thoughts in the coming days and weeks during this difficult time.”

“A tragedy occurred here today in the city of Bay St. Louis as two of our finest officers’ lives were taken,” said Bay St. Louis Police Chief Toby Schwartz. “We are gathering facts and will ensure a thorough investigation into this matter.”

MBI is currently assessing this critical incident and gathering evidence. Additional information may be made public at a later time. Upon completing their investigation, agents will share their findings with the Attorney General’s Office.

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