Police: Dad Came Into Hospital With Gun Pointed At Infant's Torso

WAXAHACHIE -- Police say a father entered a Waxahachie hospital with a gun pointed at his infant child's torso early Saturday evening.

Authorities say 33-year-old Lorenzo Zarate, of Austin, entered the ER of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center at about 6:23 p.m.

Staff at the hospital called 911 and cleared out the waiting room, said Amy Hollywood, a spokeswoman with the city.

Employees told investigators the man then handed the baby to staff members and disclosed that he had another child inside a car in the parking lot of the hospital. When police arrived, a standoff ensued and the hospital went into lockdown.

Hollywood said the standoff ended about 15 minutes after a negotiator began talking with Zarate, who surrendered without further incident at about 7:40 p.m. No one was injured. The father was charged with making a terroristic threat, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and attempting to take a gun from an officer. 

Authorities say Zarate had been driving on I-35E from Austin when he decided to stop at the hospital. Hollywood said the reason he stopped and was armed is under investigation.

"Situation has been resolved without injury," read a statement from Waxahachie police on its Facebook page shortly after the standoff ended. "You will continue to see the presence of law enforcement in the area as the investigation continues. Baylor Waxahachie will resume operation. "Zarate was charged with making a terroristic threat, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and attempting to take a gun from an officer.

As the incident unfolded, people inside the hospital turned to social media to post images and updates from the scene. 

 

Waxahachie police also posted to their Facebook to warn people to stay away from the hospital during the midst of the standoff.

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