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Sheriff’s office: distraught father causes hostage situation at Texas hospital

Posted: 9:51 PM, Jan 10, 2015
Updated: 2015-01-11 08:41:22-05
A father reportedly became distraught over his son's condition at the Tomball Regional Medical Center in Texas Friday night. (Photo: Northwest Houston Chamber of Commerce)

A father reportedly became distraught over his son’s condition at the Tomball Regional Medical Center in Texas Friday night. (Photo: Northwest Houston Chamber of Commerce)

TOMBALL, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a father of a patient at a Texas hospital became distraught over his son’s condition, but that the hospital is safe. It was still unclear whether the man was armed.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday night the man was with his adult son inside a hospital room in the critical care unit of the Tomball Regional Medical Center. Authorities had earlier said they believed he was holding at least two hostages.

Harris County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Ambriz said a threatening situation arose around 7 p.m., but wouldn’t describe it or any details about the son’s condition. Authorities said areas adjacent to the room had been evacuated. Ambriz said, “the hospital is safe, the patients are safe.”

The hospital is about 30 miles northwest of Houston.

Police in Tomball did not immediately respond to a message. No other information was immediately available.