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Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza

Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza announced he plans to take the cases of Javier Ambler and Mike Ramos to a grand jury by March 30.


The announcement comes just two weeks after Ramos' mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against APD Officer Christopher Taylor and the City of Austin.

On Thursday morning, Garza released details on all the pending cases involving officer misconduct. The new DA has previously stated that Mike Ramos' case would be the first on his desk once he took office after Margaret Moore left the cases to him back in September.

The two cases played part in the Black Lives Matter movement locally, catalyzed by George Floyd's murder at the hands of Minneapolis police and the subsequent police defunding movement that has shaken city politics. The calls for police reform quickly became a cornerstone of Garza's election platform.

Of the almost two dozen police use-of-force cases Garza released details on, there are six other cases involving police shootings which are scheduled to be presented to a grand jury in chronological order, the oldest dating back to 2018.

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Multiple Austin medical sources identify pediatrician Lindley Dodson as the victim in last night's hostage killing at Children's Medical Group.

The second person dead has not been identified but is said to be the alleged shooter, another physician, who did not work at the practice.

Austin physicians are already rallying around the late Dr. Dodson's memory, planning a candlelight vigil, assistance for her husband and children, and staffing for her pediatrics practice.

Dr. Dodson was a long-time Austin area physician who joined Children's Medical Group in 2017.

In 2019, she was named by Texas Super Doctors as one of the top pediatricians in Texas. According to the TSD website, she was also featured in the 2020 selection.

Two have been pronounced dead by police after a six-hour hostage situation Tuesday evening at Children's Medical Group practice, just off Mopac at 35th Street.

At around 4 p.m., Austin police and SWAT were present at the doctor's office where multiple hostages, not identified, were held.

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 and found two dead.

A pediatrician in the medical practice is said to be one of the victims, while the second person found dead is said to be the shooter. Neither has been identified by police.

Police are holding a press conference about the incident at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.