Bay St. Louis pays tribute to fallen police officers

There’s a somber mood in Bay St. Louis today as residents remember the lives of Bay St. Louis Police Sgt. Steven Robin and Officer Brandon Estorffe.

This morning, Chief Toby Schwartz paid tribute to the two fallen officers at a press conference.

Chief Schwartz emphasized that the press conference was not to discuss what happened Wednesday, but to remember his brothers in blue and thank the community for all their support.

He talked about how Robin and Estorffe were hard-working, dedicated, selfless, and courageous men.

Twenty-three year-old Estorffe began his career with the police department in July 2021 and was eager to learn as much as he could.

Thirty-four-year-old Sgt. Robin joined Bay St. Louis PD in 2019, but worked for Waveland PD and Hancock County Sheriff’s Department prior to joining Bay St. Louis.

Chief Schwartz said although his department is only made up of about 30 people, he’s allowing them time to step away and heal. “That’s why it’s been so important and appreciated by Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, by Waveland Police Department, by our outside police departments offering manpower during this time to assist us. Currently, we have asked our officers if they would like to stay home and so these departments or partners are coming in to fill that void.”

Support for the department and the fallen officers is coming in from far and wide. Today, the New York Police Department posted photos of the officers in a show of solidarity.

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