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Husband arrested in fatal hospital garage shooting

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Karen Cox Smith from Facebook, and her UTSouthwestern ID. Karen Cox Smith from Facebook, and her UTSouthwestern ID.
DALLAS -

Dallas police say a woman shot to death in a UT Southwestern Medical Center parking garage on Tuesday night was killed by her estranged husband.

Police arrested 41-year-old Ferdinand Glen Smith in the fatal shooting of 40-year-old Karen Cox Smith. The couple had two children.

Campus police heard gunshots about 7:35 p.m. and found the woman dead of multiple shot wounds in the parking garage.

Karen Smith had reportedly gotten a restraining order against her husband almost exactly a month ago.

According to family friends, Karen Smith moved all of her items out of the couple's home on Monday, the day before she was shot.

Police say they had an arrest warrant for family violence against Ferdinand Smith, but did not say which day he was supposed to be arrested.

A criminal background check reveals in the past, Ferdinand Smith was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and had another restraining order against him. Both charges were from 1999.

Karen Smith was an executive assistant at UT Southwestern. The teaching hospital issued a statement on its Facebook page on Wednesday:

We are deeply saddened to share the news that University Police received a report of shots fired on campus last night and upon responding, discovered the death of employee Karen Smith. The incident happened in parking garage 2 on South Campus. A suspect is in custody and police believe this was an isolated domestic incident. This tragedy remains under investigation by UT Southwestern Police and Dallas Police. 

If you witnessed this event, please contact the UT Southwestern University Police Criminal Investigators at 214-648-8311. If you are affected by this tragedy, the Employee Assistance Program is available to all faculty and staff at 214-648-5330, and students may seek help from the Office of Student Mental Health at 214-645-8680.  

Please remain aware of your surroundings at all times and call 911 should you see anything suspicious. Keep in mind that if you use your cell phone to call 911 you will reach the City of Dallas Police. As soon as possible, report any problem or suspicious activity to the University Police by using the Emergency Call Boxes located throughout the campus, calling 214-648-8911 on your cell phone or ext. 8-8911 on any University telephone. 

University Police offer various crime prevention seminars, including personal safety. These seminars are available to the campus and can be given in a department or office setting. In addition, escort service to the parking garages is available 24 hours a day. For more information about either of these services, contact University Police at ext. 8-8311. 

If you are affected by this tragedy, the Employee Assistance Program is available to all faculty and staff at 214-648-5330, and students may seek help from the Office of Student Mental Health at 214-645-8680. 

Our heartfelt condolences are with Karen's family and friends.


Smith was one of four people slain yesterday in Dallas.

  • A 29-year-old man was stabbed to death shortly after 12:30 a.m. at his apartment complex in the 4300 block of Horizon North Parkway, off the President George Bush Turnpike and Dallas North Tollroad.

  • An 18-year-old man was shot during a robbery in the 500 block of Staretta Ln., off Loop 12 and Jefferson Boulevard.

  • And a 30-year-old man died about 8:45 p.m. when he was shot to death on a bar patio on Midway at Frankford Roads.


It's not yet known if any arrests have been made in these other murders.

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