Two police officers in coastal Mississippi were shot and killed Wednesday by a woman who they talked to for nearly 30 minutes in a motel parking lot, reports the Associated Press. The woman also died. Amy Anderson, 43, was sitting in a parked SUV with a female child when the officers were sent to the parking lot of a Motel 6 in Bay St. Louis around 4:30 a.m. on a welfare check. Bay St. Louis Police Sgt. Steven Robin and officer Branden Estorffe spoke to Anderson for nearly a half-hour before she fired at them while sitting in the vehicle. During the conversation, the officers called for Child Protection Services. Robin, 34, died in the parking lot. Estorffe, 23, died a short time later at the hospital.
When officers rushed to the scene, they found Anderson dead from a gunshot wound to the chest. An earlier statement said the woman shot herself, however, it is unclear what happened to the girl inside the SUV. The Mississippi governor offered condolences. “I am heartbroken by this terrible loss of two brave law enforcement officers,” Gov. Tate Reeves posted on Twitter. “I am praying for their family, friends, their fellow officers, and the entire Bay St. Louis community.”