Veterinarian killed in Saginaw shooting; two under arrest

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on March 4, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 7 at 10:15 PM

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SAGINAW — Police in Saginaw announced the arrests of a woman and a man the day after investigators reached out to the public in their search for a person of interest possibly linked to a fatal shooting over the weekend.

Investigators found Dr. Deidra Louis Blackmon, of Dish, critically wounded inside a vehicle after receiving a 911 call at about 12:05 a.m. Sunday. The caller told a 911 dispatcher shots were fired from one vehicle into another as they traveled along the 200 block of East Bailey Boswell Road in Saginaw.

Blackmon, 33, was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where she was pronounced dead. The occupants of the other vehicle were not at the scene.

Saginaw police said tips led them to arrest Heather Rene Thompson and Jeffrey Hansana. Thompson was identified from surveillance photos taken at a convenience store on North Saginaw Boulevard, not far from the shooting scene.

"We kind of had an idea who he was," said Damon Ing, Saginaw Police public information officer. "But the public helped us identify Thompson through the photos."

Hansana was charged with murder and is being held at the Saginaw Jail on a $250,000 bond. Thompson was charged with failure to report a felony and is being held on a $10,000 bond.

Blackmon grew up in Keller and graduated from Haltom City High School. She was employed as a veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas in Grapevine.

Bruce Nixon, the chief of staff at the clinic, called Blackmon a "shining star" and talented veterinarian. Nixon said she usually works at the clinic on Saturday evenings, but was off on Saturday night celebrating a friend's wedding.

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