On Saturday, a man charged with shooting dead two healthcare employees at Texas’ Methodist Dallas Medical Center was on bail, despite an extensive criminal past.
According to the document used to obtain an outstanding warrant for Nestor Oswaldo Hernandez, 30, it is stated when his girlfriend was in labor, he got restless and charged her with cheating on him.
After that, he struck her with the revolver before firing a gun at the first two medical professionals who entered the room.
Arrest and Previous Conviction
Hernandez got shot and injured by a police officer from the Methodist Health System (MHS) when they arrived on the scene.
After that, Hernandez was transferred to a different medical facility. In the end, the Dallas Police Department and the Midway High School Police Department both declared they detained Hernandez for capital murder.
The suspect in the shooting at Methodist Medical Center has been identified as 30 year old Nestor Hernandez. He has been charged with capital murder. According to DPD he was out on parole for aggravated robbery and had an active ankle monitor. @wfaa @dallaspolice_
— Rebecca Lopez (@rlopezwfaa) October 23, 2022
Hernandez had recently been released from prison.
He was doing time for an aggravated robbery committed in 2015 in which he taped a woman’s eyes and hands, inflicting her with a damaged nose and cracked eye, before collecting her phones, car, and, at minimum, $3,000 in cash.
Hernandez admitted guilt to the encounter in 2015. He was convicted to eight years in jail, but permitted reintegration with parole criteria in October 2021.
The Dallas Morning News reports a prison spokesperson confirmed on Saturday that Hernandez was permitted into the hospital “to be with his significant partner during delivery” while wearing an ankle monitor.
On Saturday, Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia tweeted this incident was a shame and a disgraceful failure of the criminal justice system. Later that day, Garcia vented his anger at the “broken system” that let a repeat offender like Hernandez back into society.
Our hearts @DallasPD go out to the those affected by this tragedy,I’m outraged along with our community,at the lack of accountability,and the travesty of the fact that under this broken system,we give violent criminals more chances,than our victims.The pendulum has swung too far. https://t.co/zwJp3cMasv
— Eddie Garcia (@DPDChiefGarcia) October 23, 2022
Hernandez’s criminal record spans the last 11 years. It includes convictions for theft, possession, robbery, vandalism, and “delinquent conduct comprising the felony crime of assault of a public officer.”
These are the offenses for which Hernandez has been arrested in “Dallas County alone,” as reported by FOX 4. Hernandez, despite his history of violence, was able to negotiate reduced terms and avoid the death penalty.
The court records cited by KERA suggest Hernandez’s prior criminal history, which may have resulted in a harsher punishment, may not have been taken into account after he accepted a plea bargain.
Democrats on Twitter tried to shift the blame for the incident to Republican Governor Greg Abbott and the permitless carry law that took effect in September 2021 in Texas. However, because Hernandez is a convicted felon, the new law makes it illegal for him to carry a firearm.
More importantly, Hernandez and other Texans are not permitted to carry firearms in facilities, such as hospitals, that clearly displayed written and posted notifications prohibiting the possession of firearms.
This article appeared in NewsHouse and has been published here with permission.