His son awoke during the standoff and he's now recovering, while his father faces charges.
It’s an incredible story that sounds like something out of a film: a father in Texas got a gun, went to the hospital where his son was about to be taken off life support, and got in a three-hour standoff with the police — and during that standoff, his son awoke.
George Pickering II, 59, is facing two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after going into the Tomball Regional Medical Center where his 27-year-old son, George III, had been declared brain dead after a stroke in January and was to be “terminally weaned” off life support as doctors saw no hope for him to recover, according to a Daily Mail report.
Pickering’s ex-wife and the other son had signed off on the decision, but Pickering thought they were moving too fast. He said he believed if he had three or four hours with his son, he would know for sure if he was brain dead.
So Pickering holed himself up at the hospital, threatening hospital staff over a period of three hours until his other son was able to disarm him.
During that period, his son squeezed his hand a few times. Later, he came out of the coma and is now fully recovered.
Pickering acknowledges his actions but his son said he did it “for all the right reasons,” according to the report.
Pickering apparently was drunk and aggressive, threatening hospital staff during the standoff. Pickering believed his son had been misdiagnosed and once he saw that his son gave him a response, he surrendered to the authorities.
Pickering is facing reduced charges and was released earlier this month.