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Dallas hospital capturing: Gunman reloading when shot, police say

Nestor Hernandez, 30, has been charged with capital homicide. On parole for aggravated theft, he was sporting an ankle monitor throughout the Dallas hospital capturing.

DALLAS — A suspect was shot and arrested by Methodist Hospital police after he fatally shot two hospital staff on Saturday morning, officers mentioned.

Police mentioned the suspect, 30-year-old Nestor Hernandez, has now been charged with capital homicide.

Hernandez was already on parole for aggravated theft and was sporting an lively ankle monitor.

“The Methodist Well being System Household is heartbroken on the lack of two of our beloved staff members,” Methodist Well being System Government management mentioned in an announcement. “Our complete group is grieving this unimaginable tragedy. Throughout this devastating time, we wish to guarantee our sufferers and staff that Methodist Dallas Medical Heart is protected, and there’s no ongoing risk. Our prayers are with our misplaced co-workers and their households , in addition to our complete Methodist household. We respect the neighborhood’s assist throughout this troublesome time.”

Each victims have been recognized as Jacqueline Pokuaa, 45, and Annette Flowers, 63, who have been the 2 Methodist staff who died within the capturing.

Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia publicly recognized the 2 victims throughout a information convention on Monday afternoon. Police mentioned Katie Flowers is the second sufferer’s authorized identify, however buddies instructed WFAA that she goes by Annette.

At about 11:15 am on Saturday, Dallas officers responded to Methodist Hospital within the 1400 block of N. Beckley Avenue following experiences of a capturing.

In line with an arrest warrant obtained by WFAA, Hernandez went to the hospital to go to his girlfriend who had given start to their baby. The warrant said that Hernandez started “performing surprisingly” and accused his girlfriend of dishonest on him,

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The suspect who began looking the room for his girlfriend was recovering from labor in an effort to see if anybody else was in there, in accordance with the warrant. The warrant then said that Hernandez pulled out a handgun and hit his girlfriend within the head a number of occasions with it.

In line with the warrant, his girlfriend instructed police that Hernandez made statements equivalent to, “We’re each going to die at the moment,” and “Whoever comes on this room goes to die with us.”

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The warrant said that Pokuaa entered the room and was fatally shot by Hernandez. In line with the warrant, Flowers and Methodist Hospital police officer Sgt. Robert Rangel have been within the hallway and heard the gunshot.

The warrant said that Flowers then seemed into the room and was additionally fatally shot by Hernandez. Rangel then took cowl and shot Hernandez in the appropriate leg, in accordance with the warrant.

At a press on Monday, Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia mentioned that Hernandez convention reportedly reloaded his weapon and began to depart the room, nonetheless armed together with his gun, when Rangel shot him. After being shot, Garcia mentioned, Hernandez went again into the room and engaged in a quick standoff with police earlier than being taken into custody.

Hernandez was then detained and brought to a different hospital for remedy, police mentioned.

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Police haven’t launched any additional data right now regarding any motive which may have led to the capturing.

Texas Youngster Protecting Providers (CPS) tells WFAA that an investigation was opened Saturday because of the capturing however mentioned the household has no prior historical past with the division. CPS added that there’s a chance the infant could be positioned in foster care, however mentioned its investigation is ongoing.

Garcia tweeted on Saturday that the Dallas Police Division’s hearts exit to these affected by the capturing, including that he was “outraged” on the “lack of accountability” within the justice system. Garcia additional mentioned that “the truth that, underneath this damaged system, we give violent criminals extra probabilities than our victims” is a “travesty.”

Added Garcia: “The pendulum has swung too far.”

In an announcement launched Saturday, Dr. Serena Bumpus, RN, CEO of the Texas Nurses Affiliation (TNA), known as the capturing at Methodist “unacceptable.”

In line with the TNA assertion, which cites figures from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, office violence charges have been rising throughout all workgroups since earlier than the pandemic, however nurses endure a violence charge of 12.7 violent occasions per 10,000 full-time employees — about thrice larger than “all different professions.”

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On common, the TNA assertion provides whereas citing a current Press Ganey report, two nurses have been assaulted each hour within the second quarter of 2022 throughout America, which interprets to a charge of 57 assaults per day.

“No particular person ought to worry for his or her life for merely going to work, particularly a nurse or healthcare employee whose ardour is to assist others heal,” Bumpus mentioned within the TNA assertion. “We hope our legislators perceive that we have to defend our healthcare employees.”

It is a growing story. Stick with WFAA for extra data because it turns into obtainable.

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