After using gun to stop doctors from ending son’s life support, dad is released from jail

It’s hard to find sympathy for a man who was just released from prison after being charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon but this is a special case.

In January George Pickering II found himself in the unimaginable position of being told his son, George Pickering III who suffered a stroke, was going to be taken off life support, KPRC reported.

Desperate and scared of losing his son Pickering took matters into his own hands and brought a gun to Tomball Regional Medical Center where he sat by his son’s side and wouldn’t let doctors pull the plug.


“They were saying he was brain dead, he was a vegetable,” Pickering told KPRC Thursday.

“They were moving too fast. The hospital, the nurses, the doctors,” he added.

Hospital staff had already contacted and organ donation organization to inform them of the younger Pikcering’s status as an organ donor.


Pickering II admitted he was being drunk and belligerent, as hospital staff said when they placed his ex-wife and other son in charge of the decision making for Pickering II, but he said he knew his son could still live.

He was correct.

“I knew if I had three or four hours that night that I would know whether George was brain dead,” he said adding that he had “blinders on” when he grabbed the gun.

His other son disarmed him but Pickering told everyone that he had another, which he did not.

A SWAT team engaged in a three hour standoff with Pickering during which he said he saw signs of life from his son.


“George squeezed my hand three or four times on command,” he told KPRC.

Pickering II eventually surrendered to police but his son will be forever grateful for his father’s actions that day.

“There was a law broken, but it was broken for all the right reasons. I’m here now because of it,” he told KPRC. “It was love, it was love.”

Pickering II didn’t know he nearly died until weeks later when his family told him what happened.


“It’s the duty of a parent to protect your children and that’s all he did,” he said. “Everything good that made me a man is because of that man sitting next to me.”

Watch the interview below.

Carmine Sabia


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