Police look for motive of man killed after holding several hostage at local hospital

Monday, June 18, 2012 - 4:31pm

TEMPLE -- A quiet Sunday evening quickly turned into a nightmare at Scott and White Hospital in Temple when 54-year-old Larry Wayne Robards of Temple, entered the hospital and snapped.

"Police responded to calls of an individual inside the emergency department at Scott and White that that individual had a weapon and was threatening employees," said Temple Chief of Police Gary Smith.

After officers arrived it was confirmed Robards was inside holding several hospital employees hostage.

While police were negotiating with him one of the hostages tried to grab the gun.

"A police officer, feeling that lives were immediately in danger fired shots toward the suspect, striking him," said Chief Smith.

Later that evening Robards died from his gunshot wound.

The officer who took the shot, 11-year veteran Corporal Joseph Robertson has been placed on administrative leave as standard protocol.

For now details of the incident are limited.

"What we still do not completely understand is why this happened, what were the motivations, what were the intentions," said Chief Smith.

"The Texas Rangers will investigate the actual shooting portion of it and what led to the shot being fired or more than one shot and then present those findings to a grand jury," said Sgt. Brad Hunt.

In a statement released by Scott and White hospital, staff involved in the incident are receiving counseling and leadership will meet to debrief and evaluate the existing processes for these situations.

Fortunately none of the hostages were injured.

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