Nurse dies while protecting patients in Texas surgical center stabbing

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LONGVIEW, Texas — A nurse died trying to protect patients during a stabbing at a Texas medical center on Tuesday, a hospital official said.

The suspect, the son of a patient, also injured four people at the Good Shepherd Ambulatory Surgical Center in Longview, Texas, before authorities arrested him, police said.

Nurse Gail Sandidge didn’t survive, the hospital system’s CEO told reporters.

“Nurses are protectors by nature. And Gail, she fit that profile,” said Steve Altmiller, head of Good Shepherd Health Systems. “She was protecting her patients in an act of courage today, and in so doing, she lost her life.”

Altmiller described Sandidge as “a seamstress, a Sunday-school teacher of 2-year-olds, a huge Baylor fan, a mother, a grandmother, a healer, a trainer, a mentor, a nurturer.” She had worked for the hospital for nearly two decades, he said.

One of the injured victims remains in critical condition, Altmiller said. Another is in good condition. Two others, including a hospital employee, were treated and released, he said.

Suspect Kyron Raushaun Templeton, 22, is charged with one count of murder and four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, police said.

Investigators haven’t identified a motive, a police spokeswoman told reporters.

Witnesses told CNN affiliate KLTV they saw a man running with a hunting knife screaming, “You’re not going to kill my mother.”

One family told the CNN affiliate they saw the man stab another man, then stab a nurse in the chest.

The stabbing happened around 7 a.m. at the Good Shepherd Ambulatory Surgical Center in Longview, about 120 miles east of Dallas.

The surgical facility is across the street from the Good Shepherd Medical Center, which describes itself as a full service, 425-bed acute-care center.

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