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Dallas police released video of chaos inside hospital ward where ex-felon shot two healthcare workers dead minutes after his girlfriend gave birth ‘because he thought she was cheating’
Nestor Hernandez, 30, is accused of shooting and killing two healthcare workers at the Methodist Hospital in Dallas, TX
Dallas police on Wednesday released footage of the Oct. 22, incident where social worker Jacqueline Pokuaa, 45, and veteran nurse Katie Annette Flowers, 63, were killed
Hernandez, a career criminal with a lengthy record, was on parole for aggravated robbery and wearing an ankle monitor, was allowed to visit the hospital as his girlfriend gave birth
Investigators say instead he lashed out in fury accusing his girlfriend who was in labor, of cheating
Hernandez who reportedly, was at the hospital to visit the woman in delivery, began to strike her repeatedly in the head with a handgun, accusing her of infidelity
He told the expectant mother that they were both going to die, adding that ‘whoever comes in this room is going to die with us’
He shot Pokuaa, when she came into the room to attend to the woman in labor, then shot nurse Flowers after she looked in the room upon hearing gunfire
Hernandez is charged with capital murder and aggravated assault against a public servant
He is being held in lieu of a $3 million bond in the Dallas County Jail
Police in Dallas have released disturbing footage of a recent hospital shooting that left two healthcare workers dead after a man who was on parole allegedly opened fire in a fit of jealous rage moments after his girlfriend gave birth.
The surveillance and bodycam video released on Wednesday, which is heavily redacted, shows gunman Nestor Hernandez, 30, opening fire at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.
Jacqueline Pokuaa, a 45-year-old social worker, and Katie Annette Flowers, a 63-year-old nurse, were killed in the October 22 shooting, before Hernandez was shot in the leg by responding police and taken into custody.
Video released by Dallas police from chaotic scene of Nestor Hernandez shooting workers at the Methodist Hospital that left two health workers dead
The harrowing footage shows chaotic scenes in the maternity section as the two women are shot in quick succession at the entrance to the delivery room, where Hernandez then barricaded himself with his girlfriend and their newborn baby.
A woman believed to be Hernandez’s girlfriend screams and bawls in terror, saying ‘please don’t do this!’ as she pleads for him not to hurt their child.
Much of the footage was shot on the bodycam of Methodist Medical System Sgt. Robert Rangel, who was investigating an unrelated incident near the delivery room when two shots rang out.
Rangel is seen quickly drawing his gun and firing a single shot as the gunman came out of the room holding a pistol.
The officer’s shot hit Hernandez in the leg, and fled back into the room with his girlfriend and baby, sparking a tense standoff.
The Sgt. Rangel takes a vantage point on the door to the delivery room and is heard calling out to Hernandez as he waits for backup.
‘We can work this out,’ says Rangel. ‘Just throw the gun outside, please! Throw the gun outside.’
Hernandez shouts back: ‘We ain’t gonna work s**t out, y’all don’t know what the f**k is going on!’
As the girlfriend continues to wail and scream, Rangel continues to urge the gunman to throw his weapon out, or to let his girlfriend and baby leave the room safely.
As more officers gather around the room, the terse standoff continues. Cops order the shooter to toss the gun from the room and show his hands.
Following a roughly 15-minute standoff, police moved in and took custody of Hernandez. Events that transpired in that portion of the released video is experienced as audio only.
Hernandez, a convicted felon who is on parole from prison, had been granted permission to be at the hospital while wearing an ankle monitor. Somehow the parolee managed to gain access to the hospital while carrying a firearm.
‘In my opinion, this is a failure of our criminal justice system,’ Dallas police Chief Eddie Garcia said at a news conference last month.
‘A violent individual such as this should not have been on ankle monitor and should have remained in custody.’
Bodycam shows Carrollton police arresting Methodist Hospital shooting suspect Nestor Hernandez on June 17
Hernandez is charged with capital murder and aggravated assault against a public servant and is being held in lieu of a $3 million bond in the Dallas County Jail.
Hernandez arrived at the hospital around 10.20am to visit the woman in delivery and began to strike her repeatedly in the head with a handgun, Garcia said.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by WFAA-TV, Hernandez started hitting his girlfriend after accusing her of infidelity.
Hernandez a career criminal with a lengthy record, is facing capital murder charges for fatally shooting two healthcare workers over the weekend at the Methodist Hospital in Dallas, Texas.
Hernandez then started making ‘ominous’ calls and sending text messages to his family, told his girlfriend that they were both going to die, and said ‘whoever comes in this room is going to die with us,’ according to the Dallas TV station’s account of the affidavit.
He shot Pokuaa when she came into the room to attend to the woman, then shot Flowers after she looked in the room upon hearing gunfire, Garcia said.
Hospital police Sgt. Robert Rangel saw Flowers get shot, called for backup, and took cover outside the room where Hernandez was reloading his gun, the chief said. When Hernandez emerged, Rangel shot him in the leg and, after a standoff, police took him into custody, Garcia said.
Garcia said the woman Hernandez struck was treated for her injuries and that a newborn child who was in the room was not hurt.
Hernandez was released from prison on parole last October after having been convicted of aggravated robbery, according to Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman Amanda Hernandez. She said he was given permission to be with his ‘significant other’ at the hospital during her delivery.
Authorities haven’t released any information on how Hernandez came to have a gun while on parole for a felony conviction.
Methodist Medical System Police Chief Glen Fowler said Monday that the hospital wasn’t given any notice of his criminal history or that he was being tracked with an ankle monitor.
‘That’s not something we normally inquire about for a parent,’ Fowler said.
‘This is an extremely horrific, out-of-the-norm situation. I wish that we would have known, but that is not some information that was provided to us beforehand.’
Garcia said Hernandez was sentenced to eight years for aggravated robbery, serving six before he was released on parole last year. In March 2022, he was arrested for a parole violation, then in April released to his parole officer.
Dallas hospital shooter Nestor Hernandez in police custody. He was serving an eight-year sentence for aggravated robbery, before being paroled in September and was wearing an ankle monitor when he shot the two health workers
In June, Garcia said, Hernandez was arrested by police in a Dallas suburb for another parole violation, taken to a county jail, and then turned over to the custody of Texas prisons, which released him this September with the ankle monitor he was wearing during the shooting.
Dallas County records show that Nestor Hernandez has been arrested repeatedly since 2011, including on charges of aggravated robbery, burglary, and the unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.