Sunday 24 September 2017

'There's a gunman in the house,' terrified doctor texted

Suspect Bampumim Teixeira is charged with two counts of murder before a judge in his hospital room in Boston. Photo: Reuters
Suspect Bampumim Teixeira is charged with two counts of murder before a judge in his hospital room in Boston. Photo: Reuters

Denise Lavoie

One of two doctors found dead and bound inside their penthouse in a luxury condominium building had texted a friend that there was "a gunman in the house" before they were slain.

The friend called police who found the bodies of Dr Lina Bolanos and Dr Richard Field, along with a black backpack filled with jewellery.

Suspect Bampumim Teixeira (30) was last night charged with two counts of murder as he lay in a Boston hospital bed. He had been shot in the hand, abdomen and leg during a shootout with police.

An attorney for Mr Teixeira entered not-guilty pleas on his behalf. A judge agreed to seal some documents in the case for 90 days.

Officers responding to a report of a man with a gun found keys to the engaged doctors' condo on the floor outside and discovered the unit in the Macallen Building dark when they entered. The victims were found bound and dead. A bag of jewellery was also found inside.

Police Commissioner William Evans said Mr Teixeira opened fire when officers confronted him at the door. Officers fired back, hitting the suspect several times. He was taken to a hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. No officers were injured.

The district attorney's office said Mr Teixeira had two larceny convictions on his record. In June of last year, he passed a note demanding money at a Boston bank. He committed the same crime two years earlier.

Dr Bolanos (38) was a paediatric anaesthetist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and an instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr Field (49), also an anaesthetist, worked at North Shore Pain Management.

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Police have not said how they were killed.

Dr Sunil Eappen, chief of anaesthesia at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, said he first met Dr Bolanos when she was a young researcher.

"We have worked together since 2011, except for a short break when she moved to Texas for a few months," Dr Eappen said. "I watched her mature and blossom from a young medical school graduate to a fabulous experienced paediatric anaesthetist."

De Eappen said she performed her job with both great skill and compassion.

"Everyone at Mass. Eye and Ear really loved her," he said. "It is desperately hard for all of us to fathom that our friend who never failed to brighten our days is no longer with us."

On its website, North Shore Pain Management said Dr Field was "instrumental in the creation of this practice."

"He was a valued member of the medical community and a tremendous advocate for his patients," the statement said. "His tragic and sudden passing leaves an inescapable void in all of us."

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