Hostage situation leaves 2 dead in Austin, Texas

Hostage situation leaves 2 dead in Austin, Texas

A pediatrician diagnosed with terminal cancer killed another pediatrician during a hostage situation before turning the gun on himself, according to an Austin Police Department news release.

"Several hostages initially escaped and others were later allowed to leave with the exception of Dr. Katherine Dodson", the news release said.

"We, the parents of Dr. Bharat Kumar Narumanchi, wish to extend our most honest condolences and most fervent prayers to the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Lindley Dodson", Narumanchi's family wrote in the statement. "She made you feel like you were the only parent there, even though there was a line of kids waiting".

A reported hostage situation at a Texas doctor's office has ended with two people dead, authorities said. She brightened our lives and lifted us up with her laughter, which was like magic.

The armed man was identified as Dr Bharat Narumanchi, who was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, police said, adding that he had recently been turned down for a volunteer position at the medical facility. "We went in with a list of concerns as first-time partners - 'not sure how all this works!' - and she was nearly humorous as she attacked our list".

Some hostages who were able to escape told officers the gunman was Dr. Bharat Narumanchi.

Narumanchi, 43, characterized his ex-wife in one court filing as a "hapless person from childhood", claiming she only married him to gain U.S. citizenship that "eluded her when she lived in the United States as a student", the newspaper reported. The Travis County Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the official cause and manner of death.

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Dodson, 43, was beloved by patients and their families, several people told the Austin American-Statesman.

He was also on the list of doctors at two hospitals in Santa Ana, but the details about him were removed. However, Dr. Dodson was not one of them.

Narumanchi did his pediatrics residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, after graduating from St. George's University School of Medicine in the Caribbean. She took a job at Boston Children's in 2006, and a year later moved to Austin, where she worked at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, among others.

The apparent murder-suicide touched off a wave of mourning for Dodson, a mother of three who won honors and accolades for her pediatric work.

On Thursday, his parents released a statement saying they "wish to extend our most honest condolences and most fervent prayers to the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Lindley Dodson".

"We had masks on, but you could tell she was smiling underneath", Atkins said.

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