Standoff ends at hospital near Houston

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Authorities are on the scene of a hostage situation at Tomball Regional Medical Center (KTRK)

A tense standoff at Tomball Regional Medical Center near Houston, Texas came to a peaceful end Saturday night. A man who barricaded himself inside a room with his son surrendered without incident, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said the man was distraught about his son's medical condition.

The standoff lasted nearly four hours. During the standoff, the floor at the hospital on which this was happening was evacuated. Police believed the suspect was armed, but say he didn't ask for anything.

KTRK-TV spoke with one woman who was in tears outside the hospital. She said her daughter is a nurse on the second floor and came face to face with the armed man.

"She just said that she seen a gun and that she took off and tried to get help," said the mother. "It's scary. I just wanted to know where my baby was I thought she was a hostage."

Tomball police, the Texas Rangers, Harris County Precinct 4 and the Harris County Sheriff's Office were all on the scene.

During the standoff, the emergency room at the hospital was not accepting any patients. There were several ambulances set up outside, which were there to treat anyone needing urgent care.

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