The suspect within the weekend capturing in a Dallas hospital hit his girlfriend in her labor and supply room earlier than opening fireplace and killing two staff, police have revealed.
Dallas police on Monday shared a timeline of the Saturday capturing at Methodist Dallas Medical Heart that killed two staffers, recognized as Jacqueline Pokuaa, 45, and Katie Flowers, 63.
The suspect, Nestor Hernandez, 30, was charged with capital homicide within the capturing. Hernandez is a parolee who was launched from jail final October after serving jail time for aggravated theft and was sporting an “energetic ankle monitor,” police stated.
The Texas Division of Prison Justice stated he was granted permission to be on the hospital together with his important different for the supply of her child.
Hernandez arrived on the hospital at 10:21 a.m. for the supply.
Throughout that hospital go to he “pulled a handgun from his pants and hit the affected person repeatedly,” police stated in an replace within the case.
Dallas Chief of Police Eddie Garcia stated it’s not clear precisely what induced the suspect to be violent.
“He was appearing very unusual all through the time period there, he was questioning who else had been within the room, issues of that nature. Truthfully, we don’t know what set him off,” he stated in a press convention Monday.
When hospital worker Jaqueline Pokuaa, 45, entered the room to supply “routine companies” to the affected person, Hernandez shot her as soon as.
One other hospital worker Katie Flowers, 63, heard the gunfire and appeared into the room. The suspect fired from the doorway and hit her within the hallway, police stated.
Sergeant Robert Rangel was just a few doorways down investigating a stolen property name when he heard the gunfire. He witnessed Flowers being shot and known as for assistance on his radio, police stated.
Hernandez then reportedly reloaded his weapon and began to go away the room with the gun, the police assertion stated.
Rangel then fired one shot from his division weapon and hit Hernandez within the leg.
Hernandez went again into the room after being shot, and after a standoff with police, till he in the end surrendered and was taken into custody, based on officers.
Each the hospital staff died of their accidents.
The American Nurses Affiliation stated in a press release Monday that Flowers was a nurse. Police officers described the 2 victims as a nurse and a case supervisor.
“We mourn for the people who horrifically misplaced their lives, and we lengthen heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to the households and family members of the victims,” American Nurses Affiliation President Ernest J. Grant stated. “Time is up. Violence towards well being care staff is unacceptable. This should finish now.”
Police stated the affected person assaulted by Hernandez earlier than the capturing was handled for his or her accidents and the new child little one within the room was not injured.
Hernandez was handled at Methodist Hospital, stabilized, and moved to a different native hospital for additional therapy
His present situation is just not clear. It is not clear as of Tuesday morning if he has retained an lawyer.
Investigations into the homicides and the officer-involved capturing are ongoing, police stated.
Garcia denounced the capturing saying, “we misplaced two healthcare staff who have been going about their day caring for others.”
He known as the capturing “a failure of the felony justice system.”
He stated Hernandez’s felony historical past spans aggravated assault of a public servant, housebreaking, aggravated theft, and a number of other parole violations.
“A violent particular person akin to this could not have been on an ankle monitor and may have remained in custody,” Garcia stated.