Texas pediatrician Dr. Bharat Narumanchi fatally shot Dr. Katherine Dodson during a hostage situation in the offices of Children’s Medical Group on Tuesday before turning the gun on himself.
Dr. Narumanchi, 43, was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer and had visited the medical offices just last week to apply for a volunteer position. It is currently unclear whether or not Dr. Dodson and Dr. Narumanchi knew each other, but police suspect that there was not a connection between the two individuals.
When Dr. Narumanchi entered the children’s medical center, he was armed with both a pistol and a shotgun and was holding two duffel bags. The disgruntled pediatrician initially held several hostages but some managed to escape and/or were allowed to leave. However, Dr. Narumanchi continued to hold Dr. Dodson captive.
After repeated attempts to appeal to Dr. Narumanchi, hostage negotiators called in the SWAT team. Once officers entered the building, they found both pediatricians dead from apparent gunshot wounds.
Dr. Dodson, 43, was originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and was married with three children. She joined the Children’s Medical Group in 2017 and was a favorite amongst her patients.
“She has the nicest bedside manner,” Michelle Sweitzer stated in an interview with KEYE-TV. “She tells your children, ‘I love you’ and puts them at ease and is the sweetest, kindest caring doctor.”
Despite physical evidence of fatal gunshot wounds, the Travis County Medical Examiner is in the process of conducting an autopsy to determine the official cause and manner of Dodson’s death.