A disturbed veterinarian who fatally shot two Mississippi police officers on Wednesday before being fatally shot herself was reportedly handed the gun by her 8-year-old daughter.
“Momma told me to give her the gun, so I gave her the gun,” the unnamed girl told a fellow guest at the Motel 6 in Bay St. Louis after the Wednesday shootings, according to the Daily Mail.
The girl also told the fellow guest that she’d witnessed her mother open fire.
“Momma shot the cops and momma was shot. Her eyes are open and she is breathing a little bit,” she said.
Her mother, Amy Brogdon Anderson, didn’t survive the encounter. Nor did the two cops, Sergeant Steven Robin and Officer Branden Estorffe.
Amy Brogdon Anderson’s daughter reportedly handed her gun used to kill cops
The 8-year-old daughter of the Mississippi veterinarian who was shot dead at a Motel 6 after killing two cops said she handed her mom the gun used to ambush the officers.
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Yet the evening had started out perfectly “normal.”
“She was acting normal,” another hotel guest told the Daily Mail, describing how Anderson had been acting when she’d checked in to the hotel around 2:35 am.
Within an hour, however, she began acting strange. First she asked the front desk clerk to call the police because “someone was following her,” the guest said. Then she began packing up her belongings.
By the time Robin, 34, and Estorffe, 23, arrived around 3:30 am, she’d reportedly backed her Toyota SUV in front of her room and started loading up her bags. At that point, the two officers reportedly spoke with her for about 40 minutes.
“During that time, she ‘advised the officers that she was in fear for her life and that she was being followed by a white pick-up truck,'” People magazine reported, quoting from a press release published by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.
“The interactions with Anderson and her minor child occurred both inside and outside of their motel room, during which time the officers took statements, gathered information, and investigated allegations made by Anderson,” the release reads.
At some point, Anderson reportedly told the officers she wanted to leave, but they said she couldn’t until their investigation was complete.
They also reportedly raised concerns about her daughter and threatened to call Child Protective Services.
She in turn reportedly started screaming, prompting a female hotel guest nearby who’d been listening in on the conversation to go back inside.
“Within seconds the motel guest said several shots rang out, two of the shots she said were simultaneous. Another guest [said] that he heard yelling and screaming and a women’s voice saying, ‘get off me, get off me’ before he heard several gunshots,” according to the Daily Mail.
This happened around 4:19 am, according to a timeline published by local station WXXV.
The Mississippi Department of Public Safety has released an updated timeline of the fatal officer-involved shooting in Bay St. Louis- including the fact that the assailant Amy Anderson did not take her own life, but was shot in an exchange of gunfire. https://t.co/wvbyJHSTtW
— WXXV 25 (@WXXV25) December 16, 2022
“At approximately 4:19 a.m., Amy Anderson, while seated in the driver’s seat of her vehicle, fired one shot killing Sergeant Robin who was standing at the driver’s side door. Officer Estorffe, who was on the phone with the Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services, immediately returned to Anderson’s vehicle,” according to WXXV.
“As Estorffe approached the vehicle, Anderson and Estorffe exchanged rounds resulting in fatal injuries to both individuals. The minor child did not receive any physical injuries during the incident,” WXXV reported Friday.
After the shots rang out, the first guest came outside, only to encounter complete silence.
“It was eerily quiet,” she told the Daily Mail.
The guest then saw Anderson’s daughter and yelled at her to “come over here.” But the girl was reportedly hesitant at first.
“Are you going to hurt me? Momma told me people are trying to kill us,” she said to the guest.
The guest convinced the girl that no, she had no intent of harming her.
“Within minutes, the motel guest said, the place was swarming with police, so she rushed the young girl soaked in her mother’s and the cops’ blood into her room for safe keeping,” according to the Daily Mail.
“The guest said she asked the girl what happened, the girl repeated the words: ‘Momma told me people are trying to kill us.’ She then kept asking the guest if her mother would be all right. ‘Is momma going to be OK,’ she said,” the Daily Mail notes.
In a statement issued after the shootings, local police commissioner Sean Tindell said, “This is a very tragic situation. It is my opinion that Officer Estorffe and Sergeant Robin’s concerns for the safety of the minor child were well-founded and based upon the mental state of Mrs. Anderson their heroic actions very well may have saved the lives of others.”
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