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Sheriff’s office: Texas hospital not a hostage situation

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TOMBALL, Texas (AP) — 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.

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