Veterinarian fatally shot after friend vomited near suspect's car, Saginaw police say

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Dr. Deidra Blackmon, a Grapevine veterinarian, was the designated driver Saturday for a night out with two girlfriends in the Fort Worth Stockyards, an associate said Monday.

As they headed home about midnight, Blackmon pulled into a convenience store on Saginaw Boulevard and went inside, police reported.

While she was gone, one of her friends threw up in the parking lot near Jeffery Hansana's car, police said.

A few minutes later, and within a mile of the store, Hansana drove up to Blackmon's Lexus and fired three to five shots at the moving car, investigators reported.

Blackmon's passengers heard the shots, and "believed Blackmon drove into a field as an evasive action -- that is, until the front-seat passenger saw blood on the victim," Saginaw police Chief Roger Macon said.

Hansana, with his girlfriend in the car, drove away, police said. A passing motorist heard the women's screams and stopped to help.

Blackmon, 33, had been shot in the head and was pronounced dead at 1:03 a.m. Sunday at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's website.

"A few words were exchanged in the parking lot between the women and a female" with Hansana, Macon said. "I don't believe [Hansana] said a word during that exchange."

Investigators got a tip about the suspects after a surveillance photo of Hansana's girlfriend, taken at the store, was released to the media.

Hansana, 24, of Haltom City, and Heather Rene Thompson, 22, of Euless, were arrested early Monday in Haltom City.

Hansana faces a murder charge, and Thompson faces a charge of failure to report a felony, Macon said.

Hansana was in the Saginaw Jail on Monday night with bail set at $250,000. Thompson was in jail on $10,000 bail.

Dedicated vet

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

Blackmon usually worked Saturday nights but took the night off to celebrate the friend's upcoming wedding.

"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 the Grapevine facility.

She was a veterinary technician at Parkside before getting her veterinary degree.

She lived in Dish with three cats, three dogs and a horse.

'At a loss' on reason

At the convenience store, the security photos showed that a few seconds after Blackmon went inside, Thompson did, too.

"We don't believe they said anything to each other in the store," Macon said.

Meanwhile, Blackmon's friend was sick, but very little vomit hit Hansana's car, police said. Thompson and Blackmon's friends exchanged words, Macon said.

Hansana and Thompson drove away, 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 drove up to Blackmon's Lexus and fired, the chief said.

Hours later, investigators tracked down Thompson and learned that she was staying with Hansana in Haltom City.

"As far as we know, they had never met," Macon said of Blackmon and Hansana.

As of Monday afternoon, police had not recovered the gun used.

"There's nothing to suspect that [Hansana] 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.,


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200 block of East Bailey Boswell Road in Saginaw, TX
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