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Flowers have started to line Children's Medical Group placed by Austinites mourning Dr. Dodson. (Christa McWhirter)

In a hostage killing that left two dead in a murder-suicide, the Austin Police Department has identified the victim as Dr. Katherine Lindley Dodson, 43, and her suspected killer as Dr. Bharat Narumanchi, 43.


Police received a call Tuesday afternoon reporting a man with a gun holding hostages inside Children's Medical Group at 1912 W. 35th Street off Mopac. The hostages were all adult employees of the doctor's office. Police learned the hostages were able to escape with the exception of Dr. Dodson.

The Austin Police Department sent a robot unit into the building, which helped officers identify a victim through the camera on the robot. The SWAT team then entered the building after six hours and found two dead.

Police are still investigating the motive behind the crime, and said it does not appear that the two had any relationship or contact prior to the incident. Although, Dr. Narumanchi had applied for a volunteer position at Children's Medical Group just last week and was rejected.

Dr. Narumanchi also had terminal cancer, which police think played a role in his actions.

This is Austin's fourth homicide of 2021.

This story has been updated to provide details released by APD.

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