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    Distraught Father in Custody After ‘Hostage-Taking’ Drama in Texas

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    The father of a patient in a critical care unit surrenders without struggle. Investigators are looking into the details of the incident.

    MOSCOW, January 11 (Sputnik) – The father who barricaded himself inside a critical care unit with his son at Tomball hospital, Texas, has surrendered without a fight, the Harris County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) says early Sunday in a Twitter post.

    "Suspect has surrendered without incident. Tomball Regional Medical Center is no longer operating under lock-down procedures," the sheriff's office tweeted.

    It was reported earlier that a grieving father of a critically-ill patient had allegedly taken at least two people hostage inside Tomball Regional Medical Center northwest of Houston.

    Police officials said the man had not been armed. He is now in police custody, while investigators are looking into the details of the incident.

    El Paso police block off an entrance to the Beaumont Army Medical Center as other officers search for a gunman during a shooting incident in El Paso, Texas January 6, 2015
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    Texan police arrived at the scene at 8 p.m. local time (2:00 GMT), according to ABC News. A high risk operation unit was soon deployed at the scene after reports transpired that a hostage-taking could be unfolding at the hospital. The rescue team took the building under control and evacuated people from the adjacent rooms.

    Michael McCaul, a US Representative for Texas, commended the state's police for protecting the community.


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