By Philip Jankowski
Killeen Daily Herald
TEMPLE - Authorities on Monday identified the man a Temple police officer shot and killed during a hostage situation at Scott & White Hospital.
Temple police identified the man as 54-year-old Larry Wayne Robards, of Temple. Police believe Robards entered the hospital about 6:45 p.m. Sunday and displayed a handgun while in the emergency room.
According to police, he took some staff hostage. During negotiations, a hostage struggled with Robards to get his handgun while they were in a common area of the hospital. At that time, a Temple officer fired at least one shot at Robards, states a release from the department.
Robards was pronounced dead about an hour later.
Operations at Scott & White's emergency room never stopped during the incident, Scott & White spokesman Scott Clark said.
Robards had no criminal record in Bell County. A Temple gymnastics business listed him as a coach.
Texas Rangers investigators have taken the lead in the case, as they do in all officer-involved shootings. The officer was placed on paid leave as the investigation continues, which is standard protocol for the Temple Police Department.
A TPD news release states the hostages were in mortal danger when the officer fired his weapon.
No other injuries were reported.
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