Saginaw police say veterinarian shot after friend vomited near man's car

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Dr. Deidra Blackmon was shot to death because one of her friends became ill after a night of drinking in the Stockyards and vomited near the suspected assailant's car.

Saginaw detectives say they believe that Jeffery Hansana shot Blackmon early Sunday on a Saginaw street, minutes after Blackmon's friend threw up near his car in a parking lot.

"A few words were exchanged in the parking lot between the women and a female that was with the suspect," said Saginaw Police Chief Roger Macon on Monday. "I don't believe the suspect even said a word during that exchange."

Blackmon, 33, a veterinarian in Grapevine, died at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth shortly after the shooting early Sunday. She died from a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's website.

Hansana, 24, of Haltom City, and his girlfriend, Heather Rene Thompson, 22, of Euless, were arrested early Monday in Haltom City after investigators received tips in the case. One of those tips came after police released a photograph of Thompson taken from a surveillance camera at the Saginaw convenience store where the altercation occurred.

Hansana faces a charge of murder and Thompson will be charged with failure to report a felony, authorities said.

Hansana was in the Saginaw Jail with bail set at $250,000. Thompson was being held in lieu of $10,000.

Blackmon and two female friends had been in the Stockyards celebrating Saturday night as one of them was scheduled to be married this week, police said. They left shortly before midnight, heading north in Blackmon's Lexus toward Saginaw, and then pulled over at a convenience store.

Blackmon went into the store and a few seconds later so did Thompson.

"We don't believe they said anything to each other in the store," Macon said. "The victim got back to her car and so did the other female."

In the parking lot, Blackmon's friend vomited, but very little hit Hansana's car, police said.

Macon said words were exchanged.

Hansana and Thompson drove out of the parking lot, and Blackmon and her friends left a few seconds later.

Within a mile, in the 200 block of East Bailey Boswell Road in Saginaw, Hansana is accused of driving up to Blackmon's car and firing three to five times, hitting the Lexus one time.

"They(women in Lexus) hear gunshots," Macon said. "The passengers believed Blackmon drove into a field as an evasive action, that is until the front seat passenger saw blood on the victim."

A passing motorist heard the screams of the women in the field and stopped to help.

Hansana and Thompson drove away.

Hours later, authorities tracked down Thompson from the store surveillance snapshot and discovered that she was staying with Hansana in Haltom City.

"As far as we know, they had never met," Macon said referring to the victim and suspect.

As of Monday afternoon, police had not recovered the weapon used in the shooting.

The news of Blackmon's slaying continued to devastate her family and friends Monday.

"She was the designated driver that night," said Dr. Bruce Nixon, chief of staff at Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas in Grapevine, where Blackmon had worked. "And she was there taking care of her friends."

Nixon said the shooting over someone getting sick was so "pitifully minor."

If she had not been out in the celebration of her friend's upcoming wedding, Blackmon would have been at her regular Saturday night shift at the Grapevine hospital.

"Her world revolved around her veterinary life," Nixon said. "She was the one who would take care of other people's pets on nights, weekends and holidays."

Blackmon grew up in Northeast Tarrant County, graduating from Haltom High School and then earning her doctor of veterinary medicine from Texas A&M University in 2010, according to Parkside Animal Hospital in Keller and Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas in Grapevine where she worked.

The A&M graduate had been a veterinary technician at Parkside before attending veterinary school.

At the time she was killed, Blackmon was on the staff at the Grapevine animal hospital, where she specialized in small animal emergencies. She lived in Dish with her three cats, three dogs and a horse.

A memorial fund is being established in her name, with donations going to veterinary education, veterinary emergency care and rescue care.

The killing has left Saginaw police with few clues about a motive.

"There's nothing to suspect that he was intoxicated at the time of the shooting, but we didn't see him until almost 24 hours after it happened," Macon said. "We are at a loss about what sparked all this."

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

200 block of East Bailey Boswell Road in Saginaw, TX
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