A man upset about his son's medical condition barricaded himself and the boy in a room at Tomball Regional Medical Center near Houston on Saturday night, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said. The incident prompted a large police response, but no one was reported injured. The man surrendered to the authorities without incident after negotiations, the sheriff's offices said.
The sheriff's office said that the man was "distraught" over his son's medical condition and was with him in the critical care unit. He had refused to comply with police demands and a standoff followed. While the incident was initially called a hostage situation, the sheriff's office later clarified that it was not a hostage situation -- the man had barricaded himself in a room with a family member. Officials were not certain if he was armed.
No employees were being held hostage, police said. The hospital was not put on lockdown, but the rooms adjacent to the man had been evacuated.
The incident began around 7 p.m. CT, the county emergency dispatch center told the Associated Press. The man had not made any demands, police said.
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The medical center at 605 Holderrieth Boulevard is about 30 miles from downtown Houston.