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Harris County inmate shot twice at Ben Taub Hospital after allegedly reaching for weapon, deputies say

HOUSTON — A Harris County deputy shot an inmate being treated at Ben Taub hospital after officers said the suspect tried to grab a weapon on the day he was scheduled to be released.

It was shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday when the inmate tried to reach for an edged item and a deputy discharged his weapon in response, hitting the inmate twice,  Sheriff Ron Hickman said.

"We believe (the weapon) was some sort of edged medical device," Hickman said.

The suspect is alive but in critical condition, deputies said. The man was originally brought to the hospital Saturday for alleged seizures after being arrested by Harris County deputies the day before.

The Houston Police Department homicide division is investigating.

This is a developing story, and we will update it as more information becomes available.