DPD Releases Graphic Video of Hospital Shooting

DPD Releases Graphic Video of Hospital Shooting
Nestor Hernandez walks in hallway before shooting | Image by WFAA

The Dallas Police Department (DPD) recently released body camera footage of its response to the October 22 shooting at Methodist Dallas Medical Center in North Oak Cliff, CBS reported.

The video of the shooting, allegedly perpetrated by Nestor Hernandez, remains disturbing despite the DPD’s redactions. A section of the video posted on The Dallas Morning News website is audio only due to the graphic nature. The full video is more than 30 minutes long.

Hernandez, 30, allegedly killed two medical workers, Jacqueline Pokuaa, 44, and Katie Annette Flowers, 63.

Police allege that Hernandez hit his girlfriend in the head multiple times with a pistol pulled from his pants, all while in the presence of a newborn baby.

He also allegedly told her, “Whoever comes in this room is going to die with us,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit. During the aftermath, social worker Pokuaa reportedly attempted to render aid to Hernandez’s girlfriend and was consequently shot.

The video captures the point of view of Methodist Medical System Sergeant Robert Rangel, who was on the floor investigating an unrelated matter. It begins seconds before the first shot was fired.

In the footage, Rangel and nurse Flowers look into the room where the gunshot apparently came from, and the suspect, allegedly Hernandez, fires a shot toward Rangel and again toward Flowers, hitting her.

Hernandez can apparently be heard yelling, “Give me the baby! Give me the baby!” and a woman begging the police not to kill him toward the end of the video. Hernandez reportedly barricaded himself in the hospital room with his girlfriend and their newborn baby while being asked to surrender peacefully.

Hernandez faces charges of capital murder and aggravated assault on a public servant.

At the time of the shooting, Hernandez was out on parole after serving six years for a 2015 aggravated robbery and was wearing an ankle bracelet during the incident. He is being held in Dallas County jail with a bail of $3 million.

The Dallas Police Special Investigations Unit continues to investigate the shooting, and the homicide investigation is ongoing as well.

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