The man accused of fatally gunning down two nurses at a Texas hospital over the weekend was a parolee who was given permission to be at Methodist Dallas Medical Center for the birth of his child, authorities said Sunday.
Nestor Hernandez, 30, was released from prison in October 2021 after serving time on a robbery conviction and was still subject to electronic monitoring but was given permission to be at the hospital, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said.
The inspector general of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is now probing the deadly incident with Dallas cops, spokeswoman Amanda Hernandez told the news outlet.
Hernandez is accused of killing the nurses around 11 a.m. Saturday before he was shot and wounded by a Methodist Health System police officer, police said.
“The Methodist Health System family is heartbroken at the loss of two of our beloved team members,” the agency said in a statement after the shooting.
“Our entire organization is grieving this unimaginable tragedy. During this devastating time, we want to ensure our patients and employees that Methodist Dallas Medical Center is safe and there is no ongoing threat.”
It is unclear if the two victims were targeted, and police have not revealed a possible motive for the violence.
According to the Star-Telegram, Hernandez served two years of a five-year sentence after pleading guilty to an armed robbery in 2015.
In that case, the victims were beaten and robbed, the outlet said.