Man killed outside UMC Brackenridge identified


by TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News, Associated Press and Staff

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Posted on January 3, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 3 at 5:40 PM

AUSTIN -- Police have released the name of the man shot and killed outside University Medical Center Brackenridge on New Year's Eve.

Hospital security personnel reported hearing an altercation between two men and gunshots just before midnight.

Authorities say 47-year-old Michael Charles Norwood died early Wednesday.

Jesus Rodriguez, 32, was being held Friday on $250,000 bond at the Travis County Jail. He faces murder charges.

Police do not believe the two men knew each other.

Police documents indicate Rodriguez said he went to the hospital for back problems and a place to hide from people he thought were trying to kill him. He mentioned that he thought Norwood was following him wherever he went.

Hospital officials asked Rodriguez to leave, but he refused. Rodriguez told police he overheard Norwood ordering a hit on him outside the ER.

Police say a black Hi-Point semiautomatic 9mm handgun and medication in Rodriguez's name were found at the scene. Police do not know if he had the gun while doctors treated him in the hospital.

Rodriguez has a criminal history, but police say none of the charges are related to his mental health.