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Deputies shoot man who fired gunshots inside Texas hospital

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CYPRESS, Texas (AP) - A man who authorities say apparently became angry over waiting for treatment in a suburban Houston hospital emergency room fired gunshots into the ceiling of the waiting area, then left and was shot outside the hospital by off-duty sheriff's deputies when he refused to drop his pistol.

Harris County Sheriff's Sgt. Cedrick Collier says the shooting victim, identified only as a 21-year-old man, is in critical condition but is expected to recover. No one else has been hurt.

The shooting occurred just before 9 a.m. Tuesday at the North Cypress Medical Center, northwest of Houston.

Collier says the deputies opened fire when the man refused their orders to drop his gun and instead turned and pointed it at them. The gunman then was hit by several shots from the deputies.

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