The vet who fatally shot two Mississippi police officers in a Motel 6 parking lot was killed by one of the officers who returned fire, authorities revealed Friday, as new details emerged in the disturbing case.
Amy Brogdon shot Anderson and Bay St. Police Officer. Louis, Branden Estorffe, simultaneous shots after she first opened fire, killing Sgt. Steven Robin from inside his SUV, Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell told WLOX News.
The last two shots were precise, and all three were found dead in a Bay St. Louis parking lot on Wednesday morning. Anderson’s 8-year-old daughter was in the car and saw the chaos, but was not injured.
The commissioner revealed many other important details in the case, including why Anderson was acting so wildly.
“Amy thought she was being followed and she was clearly showing some signs of mental health issues,” Tindell said.
A distraught Anderson checked into the motel at 2:30 a.m. and asked the front desk manager to call 911 hours later. Robin and Estorffe arrived within five minutes to find Anderson frantically packing her belongings from her room and into her SUV, the commissioner said.
The officers spoke to her and her young daughter and were petting 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 plates that Anderson thought she was following happened to be passing through the motel parking lot. Robin ran a background check on the truck and determined that Anderson’s paranoia was unfounded.
Officers became more concerned about the 8-year-old’s safety, so Estorffe walked a short distance from Anderson to call Child Protective Services.
“That’s when you heard a thud and when he came around the corner Officer Robin was shot in the head and rather instantly he drew his weapon and was able to get off two rounds. She was hit by two rounds from Officer Estorffe but he managed to shoot her in the chest,” Tindell said.
“Both of them received a fatal wound in that split second.”
Officers initially suspected that Anderson had committed suicide after gunning down Robin at close range and Estorffe from about 20 yards away. Robin and Anderson died at the scene, and Estorffe was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Police are still investigating the incident and trying to piece together what caused Anderson’s distress. The only witness, Tindell said, is an extremely traumatized 8-year-old girl.
“I don’t know what she saw,” said Tindell, “but she was there.”
Anderson was working as an emergency veterinarian with a focus on small animals at MedVet Mobile, a 24-hour animal hospital, said her Facebook page, which also says she is “single.”
Earlier in the year, Anderson wrote about a Hawaiian vacation she took with her three children.
“The kids and I checked 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’ve ever been, and we packed as much adventure, fun, hysterical laughter, and memories as we could into 6 days.”