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HOUSTON – A Texas father has been released from jail after police say he brought a gun to a hospital to stop the staff from taking his son off of life support.

In January, George Pickering II’s son was declared “brain dead” after he suffered a massive stroke.

When the hospital ordered a “terminal wean,” which is a process that slowly ends a person’s life by removing life support, Pickering decided he needed to do something to stop them.

“They were moving too fast. The hospital, the nurses, the doctors,” Pickering told KPRC. “I knew if I had three or four hours that night that I would know whether George was brain-dead.”

Pickering grabbed a gun, walked into the hospital and became locked in a stand-off with police.

He admitted to being drunk and aggressive that night, but said it was only because he knew there was still some life left in his son.

During the standoff, Pickering says he got the signs he was hoping to see in his son.

“During that three hours, George squeezed my hand three or four times on command,” Pickering told KPRC.

After hours of negotiation, Pickering surrendered peacefully.

“There was a law broken, but it was broken for all the right reasons. I’m here now because of it,” said Pickering’s son, George III. “It was love, it was love.”

He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

One of the charges has been dismissed and the other was lessened.

Pickering was given credit for the time he served in jail and was released in December.