Amy Anderson died by return fire in shootout with Branden Estorffe, Steven Rubin

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.

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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.

Branden Estorffe and Steven Robin
Steven Robin and Branden Estorffe were killed in a motel parking lot Wednesday morning.

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.

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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.

Mississippi Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell addresses the audience at the Fallen Officer's Memorial Ceremony to honor those lawmen who have lost their lives in the line of duty, in Jackson, Miss., May 17 , 2022.
Mississippi Department of Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell said Anderson was killed by Estorffe’s return fire, not by suicide.

“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.

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“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.

Law enforcement personnel work on the scene after two Bay St. police officers.  Louis, Miss., who was shot and killed while responding to a call at a Motel 6, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. Authorities say two police officers in coastal Mississippi shot and killed a woman they spoke with for nearly 30 minutes early Wednesday in the motel parking lot.  (Hannah Ruhoff/The Sun Herald via AP)

Law enforcement outside the Motel 6 where two Bay St. police officers were shot. Louis, Miss.

Law enforcement officers investigate the Motel 6 where two Bay St. police officers were killed.  Louis, Miss., in a shooting on Wednesday, December 14, 2022. Officers encountered a female subject, who shot both officers before killing herself, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said.  (Justin Mitchell/The Sun Herald, via AP)

Anderson’s shot was returning fire.


Investigator photos of a body inside a Toyota parked outside a Motel 6 in Bay St. Louis on Tuesday, December 13, 2022. Police say a woman was shot and killed by two officers before killing herself.  (Hannah Ruhoff/The Sun Herald via AP)

An investigator photographed a body inside a Toyota parked outside a Motel 6 in Bay St. Louis on December 13.


“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.”


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