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The medical community and the Austin Police Department have confirmed pediatrician Dr. Katherine Lindley Dodson as the victim in Tuesday night's hostage killing at Children's Medical Group.

Dr. Dodson, 43, was one of two killed in a murder-suicide that resulted from a six-hour hostage situation just off Mopac at 35th Street. Police have identified the suspect who killed her as Dr. Bharat Narumanchi, a physician at a different practice.

Cheryl Fuller, who lives in the neighborhood, told Austonia she was there during the hostage incident and saw the SWAT and cop cars at the scene.

"There's no other way to think of it other than just tragic," Fuellar said. "People loved her—it's just so sad"

A mom and her son drop flowers off in Dr. Dodson's memory Wednesday. (Christa McWhirter)


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.

This story was updated to include the latest information provided by police.

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