Northeast Tarrant

North Texas surgeon identified as father police believe committed murder-suicide

Police find two children and man dead inside North Richland Hills home

The three were found dead from gunshot wounds inside what neighbors said was a recently renovated residence.
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The three were found dead from gunshot wounds inside what neighbors said was a recently renovated residence.

A young surgeon was identified Tuesday as the father police believe used a shotgun to kill his two young children in the family's home, police and a hospital official said.

After killing his kids, Dr. Christopher Dawson, 36, fatally shot himself, according to a ruling by the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.

Dawson was employed at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Waxahachie from Sept. 4 until Oct. 20, according to hospital records. Hospital officials did not comment on why Dawson left.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and all those affected by this tragedy," a statement released Tuesday by the hospital said.

The children died from shotgun wounds to the head Saturday morning at their home in what police called a murder-suicide, according to a ruling by the medical examiner's office released Tuesday.

The shootings occurred at the family's home in the 7400 block of South College Circle.

Officials with the medical examiner's office identified the children as Luke Dawson, 9, and his sister, Aubrey, 5. Luke died from wounds to his head and torso while his sister was killed by a wound to her head, the medical examiner ruled. Their deaths were ruled homicides.

Christopher Dawson's death was ruled a suicide, according to the medical examiner's office.

Police have said there had been no previous calls from the house.

Officers responded to a shooting call about 7 a.m. Saturday.

Neighbor Tanner Franklin told the Star-Telegram he heard a strange noise around 6:30 a.m. He lives across the street from the Dawson family.

"Me and my girlfriend were getting ready to leave for work and we had one of the windows open," Franklin said. "We heard some weird like yelp-type thing. She was like, 'Did you hear that? I thought it was an animal or something.'"

A woman later identified as the children's mother called 911 after she found the children.

Franklin said the family had been renovating the home and moved in October.

He said they had put up holiday decorations Thursday.

"They've been putting up the Christmas lights," Franklin said. "You come out here and see them with the dad. They seemed normal, man."

This story contains information from Star-Telegram archives.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763,@mingoramirezjr