George Pickering, man in Tomball Regional Medical Center standoff, had gun … – Newsday

Posted: Monday, January 12, 2015

HOUSTON – A police spokesman says a father who became distraught over his son’s condition at a southeast Texas hospital and caused a standoff did have a gun and pointed it at a nurse.

Tomball police Sgt. Gary Hammond said Sunday that George Pickering has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Earlier reports from authorities said the 57-year-old Pickering did not have a gun.

Hammond says Pickering pointed a 9 mm pistol at the nurse Saturday night in his son’s critical care room at Tomball Regional Medical Center, about 30 miles northwest of Houston. He says another son struggled with his father and got the gun from him.

Pickering surrendered without incident shortly before 11 p.m. CST after more than a dozen SWAT officers reported to the hospital along with a sheriff’s department negotiating team.

“The focus was to make sure everyone on that floor was safe and moved out of potential harm’s way and we take the subject into custody,” Harris County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Ambriz said.

He said the man became “very upset,” about the condition of his hospitalized adult son and a disturbance broke out that the hospital officials and Tomball police were unable to control. They requested help from the sheriff’s department. No further details about the indent were released.

Hammond says Pickering became ill during the nearly four-hour standoff and received treatment overnight. Pickering does not have an attorney yet.

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Ambriz said it was not immediately certain what charges the man in custody would be facing.


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