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8/3/2009 2:55:00 PM
Breaking News: Mother murdered while saving toddler

KINGMAN - The woman killed by her husband in a murder-suicide Sunday was shot just after handing her baby to a police officer.

Holly Anderson, 26, had been talking through a crack in the door to officers responding to a call about a domestic disturbance in the 3100 block of Tanner around 5:40 p.m. Sunday. Anderson and her 20-month-old baby girl, Bailey, had been staying with a friend at the residence.

Anderson made eye movements while talking to the officers that suggested she was trying to tell them that her husband, Brad, was in the room with her, said Sgt. Bob Fisk.

One of the officers silently mouthed, "Does he have a gun?" to which Anderson responded, "Yes, I will bring the baby out," Fisk said.

She had just passed her baby to Sgt. Mark Chastain when she was shot in the head with a 9-millimeter semi-automatic.

A second officer at the door, Officer Timothy Sparr, was shot in the left arm. Police believe the bullet that killed Anderson is the same one that struck Sparr.

Brad Anderson, 28, then retreated inside the home where he killed himself.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, August 6, 2009
Article comment by: Seek Reality

@ Scared

Huh? Why would you or anyone be scared to leave your home? All those murders you've mentioned weren't street crimes, they were domestic in nature.

Posted: Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Article comment by: pixie girl


Posted: Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Article comment by: Thanks

The Police are terrific, they represent us. Its a mission that is tough. Just honor the constitution unlike our politicians in D.C. Be ready to leave the force when the one world gov't takes hold. Thanks officers.

Posted: Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Article comment by: Aleshia Reynolds

i feel so bad for bailey, bailey and my daughter use to play together at the KHS little school, she is sooo sweet. we love u bailey, you are all in our prayers.

Posted: Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Article comment by: Scared

What in the world is wrong with this town? I have never seen so many murder-suicides. in the last 6 months there has been two murder-suicides and a murder of a beautiful young girl.It is getting so that people are scared to even leave their homes.I think this town is growing to fast and seems like they don't care what kind of people move in to this town.Pray for everyone in this town that God will watch over all of us.

Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Article comment by: Pattie

I am so sad for both families and for the officers that had to witness the sorrowful event. Bless the police officer that took the bullet in the arm; pray that he will be well again to take care of our town. Divorce is such a tradgedy. It messes up families and has major consequences. My condolences to all involved in this senseless act. Brad's parents, you are probably suffering just as much as it was your son. My prayers are with all of you.

Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

Dear people of Kingman and surrounding areas. Pray for your neighbors, get to know them. Find and encourage the good in them. Be grateful and thankful for the services your recieve in this community. Reach out and be available during troubles. Get involved doing good. Perhaps our community could knit itself together even closer so evil can't find any empty souls. God comfort this family, and may everyone do one unselfish act in thier name for someone who can't pay you back. Just think how many people live here and everyone pursue the good. It could just manage to wipe out evil for good. A citizen

Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Article comment by: RH

Always with a smile and a sparkle in her eyes, Holly was always full of life and love. The moments that were spent will never faded as my love for you will continue to grow every day.

Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

From "Murder, Suicide Rates Climb When Jobs Vanish and Economy Slows"

July 8 (Bloomberg) -- Murders and suicides spike with unemployment, U.S. and European researchers said.

The scientists, who combed through almost four decades of European Union records, found that a 1 percent increase in joblessness brings about a 0.8 percent rise in suicide and murder rates. In that scenario, the scientists also found a 28 percent surge in deaths from alcohol abuse, a link that “lends support to the notion that short-term negative effects of unemployment mainly affect psychological distress”

Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

to the comment of the "methamphetamine". there is alot of meth in kingman but i know for a fact that brad was not on it. i worked with brad on the railroad. where we DO get random drug tests. i myself had one yesterday. by no means am i making any excuses for brad, because what he did was outlandish. im still in shock this minute. but let our thoughts and prayers be with the macks.

Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Article comment by: A weapon will be found

@Long Time--What would repealing the gun laws do? This distraught man you speak of was dedicated to his purpose of seeing her dead. Do you think not having a gun available would have prevented this? What about kitchen knives, are we going to ban those too because they are used by domestic violent offenders to stab their victims to death, cable wire for choking, toilets for drowning, anything that boils water for burning, and then there are all sorts of household goods that are used to beat the victim to death. How far do you want to take this before you start focusing on the actual domestic violence crimes and what motivates these offenders?

Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Article comment by: sunny

My prayers go out to little Bailey and her family. I did not know Holly, however I know bailey very well. She attends daycare with my little girl, she is such a precious girl. I will have her in my prayers.

Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Article comment by: The Southwick Family (Larry, Deanna, Leila, Erin, & Aurora

We are so sad to hear of this tragedy! Our prayers go out to the whole family! We were just visiting with them on Saturday. She will be dearly missed.

Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

Bless the Mack family in this hour of need. It is a very sad thing indeed, but it is not only happening in Kingman, but in cities around the US.. I just logged on our home town paper & found the same thing happening. These times are hard & make the domestic life even harder.Thank heavens for a community that helps in times like this.

Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Article comment by: Long Time

Now, lets not get carried away with repealling gun laws. The law didn't fire that gun, a distraught man did. Women who are afraid of their significant other - PLEASE seek help. You may die otherwise.

Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Article comment by: Joey Sabatino

To those who wonder what is happening here in word: Methamphetamine!

It makes people crazy, it literally burns holes into their brains.

Laws need to get tough with both users and manufacturers of meth, REAL tough, with REAL hard jail time before things will actually start to change around here!

Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Article comment by: left that town

yes its very sad that these kids have no where to trun i also lived in that town and never have i seen so much hate and miss trust among people, you will never make it there its for the little one who will never know her mom & dadim very sorry may god help her in life, to the faimlys may god watch over you.

Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Article comment by: sharla

Holly was a dear friend of mine and she will be sorely missed.

Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Article comment by: Donald

I am speechless. So tragic and totally uncalled for.

Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Article comment by: Tambra Akers

My heart goes out to Bailey. She is such a wonderful little girl. I am so sad that she has to grow up with out her parents. I will keep her in my prayers.

Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

I haven't heard a good word for the Police Officer that did his duty by putting himself in harm's way and I dare a one of you to say he was only doing his job. He may have been doing his job but how many of you are willing to get out everyday and take a bullet from some idiot that don't care.

Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Article comment by: Erica C

Holly, you will be greatly missed. Your heroic action for your daughter will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Mack family.

Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Article comment by: HM


May her soul rest in peace.

Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Article comment by: MTM

God bless the Mack family, especially Holly's baby. And rest in peace Holly. I agree with K.Adame...the Mack family was very close and will take excellent care of Holly's baby.

Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Article comment by: L.E. Civilian

I didn't realize that Holly Anderson was part of the L.E. community. She is a hero for saving the life of her precious child. I am saddened at what the city of Kingman has been having to endure in the last month. Bless this child and I hope she has family to take good care of her and love her. I hope they let her know that her mom loved her so dearly she gave her life for her. God rest this angels soul. Rest in peace, my condolences to the family of Holly.

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