A pediatrician killed in a hostage situation in the Austin Clinic


Police said a doctor with terminal cancer killed a pediatrician and then killed himself after he took hostages at the doctor’s office in Austin.

Police said the Rapid Action Team found the bodies of Dr. Kathryn Lindley Dodson and Dr. Bharat Naromanshi late after negotiators had spent hours trying to talk to people inside the office.

Austin Police Lt. Jeff Greenwalt said Narumanchi did not work at the clinic as they held five adult employees hostage for hours. He said four either deserted or fled, and there were no children at the time.

Police said the hostages who escaped from the office told officers at the scene that Narumanchi entered Tuesday carrying a pistol, rifle and two duffel bags. The authorities have yet to say how Dodson and Narumanci died.

Grenwalt said Narumanchi applied for a volunteer position at the clinic a week ago and was rejected, but has no known connection to Dodson or the clinic.

Grenwalt said Naromanshi was recently given “weeks to live” after being diagnosed with cancer and investigators believe he may have had a role in his actions. He asked anyone with the police contact information, and said the Narumanchi family is cooperating fully with the investigators.

“The case for who did this is closed. We know who did it, and we know there is no longer a threat to the public. But we really want to answer the question of why,” Greenwalt said.

Several people told the Austin Statesman newspaper that Dodson, 43, was loved by patients and their families.

“I saw her at your worst when your child was sick, and she was always smiling on her face,” said Karen Vladek, whose child was among the Dodson patients. “It made you feel like you were the only parent out there, even though there was a line of kids waiting.”


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