Katherine Lindley Dodson, 43, was shot and killed on Tuesday night
The female pediatrician killed by a male doctor at her office on Tuesday night has been identified as 43-year-old mother Katherine Lindley Dodson.
Dodson was shot and killed on Tuesday night at the Children’s Medical Group in Austin by Bharat Narumanchi.
Narumanchi had terminal cancer and had recently been given weeks to live.
It’s unclear where he is from but police say his family had been making plans for him to have hospice care.
A week ago, he went to Dodson’s office in Austin and applied for a volunteer position but was turned down for the role.
On Tuesday at around 4.30pm, he returned to the office with several guns and held Dodson and four other members of staff hostage.
The other four either escaped or released but she was held back for six hours. Police then sent a SWAT robot into the room where they were. It found the pair dead.
Friends have since paid tribute to Dodson as a loving wife and mother-of-three.
The incident took place at Children’s Medical Group in downtown Austin. The suspect is believed to be a doctor based on police officers’ negotiations heard at the scene however, witnesses reportedly said the doctor was not employed at the facility
‘They were pretty traumatized.
‘A couple of them needed masks, so I ran out and grabbed some of the plain masks for them. They were all scared,’ Shelley Todd told KAXN.
At one point in the negotiations, police said he was hurt and needed medication.
It’s unclear how many hostages were involved and whether they were patients or medical staff.
Negotiators were heard begging the suspect: ‘You don’t deserve to go through this, for all you have done for others, that is why I want to help you work through this. You have saved a lot of lives…
‘I am letting you know, doctor, there is a way to resolve this. I need your help to fix the situation.’
The negotiator also told him that his sister was worried about him.
Police were seen entering a building as they respond to hostage situation at doctor’s office in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday night
A man and a woman embrace as Austin police officers and members of SWAT work the scene late Tuesday
Austin police eventually sent in a robot, which located a victim before a SWAT team decided to go inside.
A witness who works at the neighboring dental practice told the local broadcaster how she and her colleagues had locked the windows and doors.
‘A whole group of people from next door had gotten free. I guess they escaped out the back door is what they said,’ the woman said.
She said that they unlocked the doors so that the staff from the pediatric center could take refuge.
‘And I just opened the door and I was like, “Come here, come here, come here.”
‘So, they came in and they were panicked, obviously, crying like, so upset. And so the three front desk girls had a gun like, waved in their face and they were told to lock the doors,’ the witness said.
The situation then devolved into a standoff between police officers and a hostage taker lasting until 11pm, during which time authorities repeatedly pleaded for the suspect to surrender.
Witnesses said the everyone inside the office had been taken hostage but three people were immediately released by the suspect.
The parent of a patient also told Fox News that their doctor was among those being held captive in the building.
‘When I arrived on scene, I saw a woman being escorted by police out of the taped area where she was met and hugged by a child. And that’s what we’ve been seeing over the past few hours: multiple people being walked out and handed off to what we can only assume are loved ones,’ reporter Amanda Ruiz tweeted.
Ruiz said another witness had claimed the suspect did not work in the office.
It’s unclear what led to the deaths or who was inside the building, though a negotiator speaking into a loudspeaker said, ‘ … I want to help you work through this. You have saved a lot of lives.’
‘I cannot guarantee your safety unless you comply. I am letting you know, doctor, there is a way to resolve this. I need your help to fix the situation. That starts with you answering the phone,’ the negotiator said, KVUE-TV reporter Tony Plohetski tweeted.
Authorities were heard telling the suspect: ‘Everything that is happening tonight doesn’t take anything away from everything that you have accomplished as a doctor.’