Who is Dr. Bharat Narumanchi? Dr. Bharat Narumanchi Bio/Wiki
Austin, Texas, police identified Dr. Bharat Narumanchi as the physician who barged into a medical office and took hostages at gunpoint before killing a fellow pediatrician on Tuesday, January 21, 2021.
Police found him dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said.
Homicide update: 1912 W 35th St https://t.co/74WG9E9wgv
— Austin Police Department (@Austin_Police) January 27, 2021
He was 43 years old.
The victim was named by Austin Police as 43-year-old Dr. Katherine Lindley Dodson. She walked past Dr. Lindley Dodson. Dodson did not know Narumanchi, according to the police, but he had recently applied to work as a volunteer in the office where the hostage situation and shooting took place.
Narumanchi assassinated Dodson, according to the police, and then killed himself at the scene.
After Tuesday night’s deadly hostage situation at an #Austin pediatrician’s office, people leave behind flowers at Children’s Medical Group. 2 people died and @Austin_Police will give us an update at 10:30 AM. Stick with @KVUE.
What we know so far is in the link below ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/QW874GiP1j
— Mari Salazar (@MariSalazarTV) January 27, 2021
The standoff and the assassination started at about 4:30 p.m. Police said, at Children’s Medical Group on West 35th Street. At a news conference, a police commander said, “He had numerous guns on him when he entered the building,”
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What Is The Motive?
While Narumanchi was facing a terminal cancer diagnosis and had recently tried to apply at the doctor’s office, the motive is not clear. What ties, if any, Narumanchi had to the Austin community was not clear. Much of the time, he practiced medicine in California.
According to online profiles, Narumanchi, who attended medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada until 2008, interned at now-defunct St. Vincent’s in 2010.
We’re waiting for a press conference from APD. They have confirmed Dr. Katherine Lindley Dodson was killed in the deadly hostage situation last night. She was killed by Dr. Bharat Narumanchi, who then killed himself. pic.twitter.com/sm4fYz6Bnx
— Christian Flores (@CFloresNews) January 27, 2021
Killed Physician Full Details
Austin 911 received a “Gun Hot Shot call” at 1912 W. on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. 35th Street, in a news release, the Austin police reported. the release says, “The caller reported that a male subject entered their place of business, a doctor’s office, with a gun and was holding hostages inside, As the incident began to unfold, it was learned that several hostages were in fact being held inside the business. Several hostages initially escaped and others were later allowed to leave with the exception of Dr. Katherine Dodson.”
The release notes that officers conducted interviews with the hostages on the scene and “were able to recognize the suspect as Dr. Bharat Narumanchi.”
The case appears to be under investigation. To determine the official cause and manner of death, the Travis County Medical Examiner is scheduled to perform an autopsy.