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A distraught man sparked fears of a potential hostage crisis at Tomball Regional Medical Center in Texas. A SWAT team and some 50 police cars were dispatched to the scene, but police say the man surrendered without incident

The man had barricaded himself inside his son’s hospital room and refused to comply with police commands, according to a statement by Harris County Sheriff.

It turned out that he was not armed, but made a threat that triggered a lockdown and sent police into action.


Tim Wetzel         @KHOUTim
HCSO: standoff at hospital now over, suspect in custody, was not armed, made threat that put hospital on lockdown.

Earlier, authorities said that at least two people were taken hostage on Saturday night at the hospital, which is near Houston.


THE CREW @THEAlleyeceeing
ACTIVE SITUATION: Gunman Takes Hostages at Tomball Hospital in Texas [DEVELOPING] – 
[8:59] PM – 10 Jan 2015

The situation began around 7pm local time, AP reported, citing an emergency dispatch center official.

Police said around 11 pm the individual was in custody and the hospital, which is situated about 30 miles northwest of Houston, was no longer under lockdown.

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