Police: Inmate killed after taking Illinois hospital employee hostage

Posted at 5:37 PM, May 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-13 19:37:53-04

(CNN) — A SWAT team killed a jail inmate who’d taken a hospital employee hostage Saturday in a Chicago suburb, the Kane County, Illinois, Sheriff’s Department said.

The inmate, Tywon Salters, 21, was fatally shot after negotiations broke down inside Delnor Hospital in Geneva, sheriff’s department spokesman Patrick Gengler said. The hostage, a nurse, apparently was not injured, he said.

Hostage negotiators and the Kane County SWAT team arrived at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, about 40 miles west of Chicago.

The inmate was receiving medical treatment near the emergency room at about 12:30 p.m. local time (1:30 p.m. ET) when he grabbed the attending sheriff deputy’s pistol, sheriff’s department spokesman Patrick Gengler said.

The inmate then took a female hospital employee hostage in a room near the treatment area, he said.

The emergency room closed but other patients have not been evacuated. CNN affiliate WLS reported visitors were not allowed entry into other parts of the 159-bed hospital.