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Woman who displayed handgun in Arlington hospital ER later fatally shot by officer

Denton County deputies shot a woman who entered an Arlington hospital with a gun Saturday morning after she pointed a weapon at them, police said.

ARLINGTON, Texas — A woman who displayed a gun Saturday morning in the emergency room lobby at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital was fatally shot by Denton County deputies hours later after she pointed the gun at them, police said. 

The Denton County Sheriff's Office said deputies found an unoccupied vehicle shortly after noon on Saturday in the parking lot of Greenbelt Corridor Park, in the 6800 block of East University in Denton.

Deputies searched the trails in the park, police said, and when the driver of the vehicle was found, she reportedly pointed a weapon at the deputies. 

After refusing to comply with commands to drop the weapon, police said, deputies shot the woman. 

Deputies rendered emergency aid, police said, but the woman did not survive. 

The Texas Rangers are conducting an ongoing investigation. 

The Arlington Police Department (APD) told WFAA it was working on an "active situation" in which a woman entered the ER lobby at approximately 8:55 a.m. on Saturday, displayed a gun, and left the hospital before officers arrived. Arlington police told WFAA there were no shots fired in the incident.

Arlington Police said an investigation is underway to determine the circumstances around her death.

Police said they will not be releasing the woman's name at this time out of respect for the investigation. 

The APD also said there were many officers around the hospital to make sure everything is safe.

Back in October of 2022, there was a shooting inside a hospital in Dallas. Nestor Hernandez, a four-time convicted felon, walked into Methodist Hospital and killed two hospital employees. That situation led to lawmakers pushing for new legislation to prevent more violence. You can watch that story here: 

This is a developing story and WFAA has sent a crew to gather more information. 

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