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Video Released From Felon’s Attack At Hospital Where He Killed 2 After Girlfriend Gave Birth

By Sandy Malone and Holly Matkin

Dallas, TX – Police have released bodycam and security videos of the deadly shootings inside a Dallas hospital last month by a man who attacked his girlfriend who had just given birth and fatally shot two hospital employees (video below).

The series of events that led up to the deadly shootings began at approximately 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 22, when 30-year-old Nestor Hernandez went to Methodist Dallas Medical Center to visit his girlfriend who given birth to their child the day before in the labor and delivery unit, the Associated Press reported.

Hernandez had recently been paroled from prison and was wearing an ankle monitor at the time.

Police said that he entered the maternity ward and went into the room where his girlfriend was recovering from giving birth a day earlier, KTVT reported.

Then Hernandez accused his girlfriend of having cheated on him and began pistol-whipping the mother of his child, according to police.

The newborn was in the room during the attack, but police said the baby wasn’t hurt, WFAA reported.

Social worker Jacqueline Pokuaa entered the room for a routine visit, saw what was happening, and tried to intervene, KTVT reported.

Hernandez fatally shot Pokuaa.

Bodycam video showed that when the gunshot was heard in the hallway, Dallas Police Sergeant Robert Rangel and maternity nurse Annette Flowers looked into the room to see what was happening.

Hernandez fired a shot at Sgt. Rangel but didn’t hit him, KTVT reported.

The sergeant took cover as Hernandez fired again and fatally shot Flowers.

Bodycam video showed Flowers running for help after she was wounded.

“Throw that gun outside, partner. Come on, work with me,” Sgt. Rangel told the suspect, trying to de-escalate the situation.

But his efforts failed so Sgt. Rangel took aim at the suspect in the hospital room and fired one round, the bodycam video showed.

Hernandez was shot in the leg, KTVT reported.

The investigation revealed that Hernandez reloaded his weapon at that point and then tried to leave the hospital room, Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia told reporters at a press briefing.

Bodycam and surveillance videos do not show what occurred inside the hospital room.

His girlfriend, whom he had just viciously attacked, can be heard in the background screaming at police not to shoot Hernandez again, KTVT reported.

“Don’t shoot him, don’t shoot him please!” the woman yelled from off-camera.

Authorities negotiated with the gunman for 15 minutes before his girlfriend told police that he had put his gun down.

“Come out, over here. Please come out. Come outside,” Sgt. Rangel told Hernandez in the video. “Okay, listen, we can work this out. All I want to do is get the people outside, please.”

“Come out with your hands up. Come out the hallway. Hands up,” the sergeant ordered the gunman.

Hernandez was eventually taken into custody without further incident, KTVT reported.

He was taken for treatment of his gunshot wound and then later released from the hospital and booked into the Dallas County Jail, WFAA reported.

Hernandez was charged with capital murder in the deaths of the social worker and the nurse.

He remained in custody in lieu of a $3 million bond, WFAA reported.

Authorities said Hernandez was on parole after serving prison time for aggravated robbery when he went on the rampage in the Dallas hospital.

Court records showed that he cut off his ankle monitor earlier this year – his second violation for his parole – and was reincarcerated for 100 days, WFAA reported.

But then he was released again in September under the condition that he would wear an ankle monitor.

Hernandez was wearing the ankle monitor at the time of the deadly attack in the hospital, WFAA reported.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below:

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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