Sheriff’s office: Man holds hostages at Texas hospital

UPDATE: Authorities now say they do not consider an incident at a Texas hospital involving a distraught father to be a hostage situation.
   
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday night that a man was distraught about his son’s medical condition and was with him inside a hospital room in the critical care unit of the Tomball Regional Medical Center. The sheriff’s office said it was still unclear whether the man was armed.
   
Authorities had earlier said the man was believed to be holding at least two hostages.
   
The sheriff’s office said an evacuation was limited to areas adjacent to the room, not the entire hospital.
   
The hospital is on a 150-acre campus about 30 miles northwest of Houston.
   
Police in Tomball did not immediately respond to a message.
Authorities say police are responding to a hostage situation at a hospital near Houston.
    
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday night that it believed a man was holding at least two people hostage inside the Tomball Regional Medical Center. The sheriff’s office said in a statement that it was not known if the man was armed.
    
A supervisor at the county’s emergency dispatch center said the situation was in the critical care unit and began around 7 p.m.
    
Police in Tomball, which is about 30 miles northwest of Houston, did not immediately respond to a message. No other information was immediately available.

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