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Suspect dead, 2 police officers shot and killed at motel in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Authorities confirm that two police officers were shot and killed at a Motel 6 in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi early on Wednesday morning. The officers were responding to a call for service made to the Bay St. Louis Police Department from the motel, which is located along a stretch of interstate Highway 90 that runs through the Gulf Coast city.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that officers arrived at the Motel 6 before 4:30 a.m. local time on Wednesday, where they encountered the suspect, a woman, who fatally shot one officer and injured a second officer before killing herself. The first officer was pronounced dead at the scene, while the second officer succumbed to injuries later on Wednesday morning. Bay St. Louis Police Chief Tody Schwartz confirmed that the officers killed were Sergeant Steven Robin and Officer Branden Estorffe.

The suspect’s name has not been released, and the nature of the service call that initially brought officers to the motel is still unknown. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said in a statement: “MBI is currently assessing this critical incident and gathering evidence. Additional information may be made public at a later time.” Once the investigation is complete, agents at the state bureau will turn over their findings to the state’s attorney general’s office, the statement noted.

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