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Father in Texas hospital standoff surrenders

A man believed to be the father of a patient has taken at least two people hostage at a Texas hospital on Saturday, authorities said, though it was not immediately clear if he was armed.

world Updated: Jan 11, 2015 11:46 IST
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A distraught father of a patient in a Texas hospital surrendered to police after a standoff, police said Saturday.

The Harris County Sheriff's office indicated around 8:00 pm (0100 GMT) that it had deployed its High Risk Operation Unit to Tomball Regional Medical Center outside Houston.

The sheriff's office for Harris County issued a statement that the man had surrendered and the hospital, just north of Houston, was no longer under lockdown.

Previously, the police had said the man was holding hostages and could be armed. Later, they said it was not a hostage situation and the father was not armed.

Police described the father as "distraught about his son's medical condition."

He was with his son in the critical care unit of the Tomball Regional Medical Center.

"The suspect has surrendered without incident," the sheriff's office said.

First Published: Jan 11, 2015 08:44 IST