Texas hospital lifts lockdown after standoff with armed suspect

Groesbeck, Texas-based Limestone Medical Center was placed on lockdown Feb. 16 amid a standoff involving an armed man in the hospital's parking lot, CBS affiliate KWTX reported. The standoff ended Feb. 17 when the man was taken into custody peacefully.

The 20-bed critical access hospital was placed on lockdown around 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 after authorities found the suspect, armed with a handgun, sitting in a vehicle in the hospital's parking lot. The hospital remained open for emergencies, according to a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

The suspect was on trial Feb. 16 and left the courthouse amid jury deliberations, according to the report. He was found guilty of continuous sexual assault of a child. 

The man peacefully surrendered and was taken into custody the morning of Feb. 17. 

"Our clinics are open, our hospital operations are open. Outpatient services if you would come through the front entrance of the hospital. All except our MRIs," Larry Price, CEO of Limestone Medical Center, told NBC affiliate KCEN-TV.

Editor's note: This article was updated Feb. 17 at 10:30 a.m. CT to reflect new information. 

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