Geneva (PPN) – An inmate has been shot and killed after a long standoff at Delnor Hospital. The Chicago man was serving time in Kane County Jail before holding a nurse hostage Saturday.
Tywon Salters, 21, was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to Kane County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Pat Gengler. Salters had been hospitalized since May 8 and was in custody on charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle from the Elgin Police Department, Gengler said at a news conference.
Salters somehow got the officer’s gun while being being treated at the hospital around 12:30 p.m., and then he held a nurse hostage, officials reported.
Delnor was placed on lock down and Geneva city officials told the public to stay clear of the area until the standoff was cleared.
“Hostage negotiators and the SWAT team were called in and they began a active negotiation with him,” Gengler said after the situation was resolved.
“Unfortunately, just a short while ago, the negotiations broke down. The SWAT team made the decision to make entry into the room. One of the SWAT team operators did discharge his firearm, striking the inmate and killing him,” he added.
The hostage, a nurse, was able to get out of the situation safely, officials said.
The lockdown was lifted early Saturday evening, as the hospital began to take walk-in patients at 6 p.m., with ambulance drop-off scheduled to resume at 8 p.m, according to NBC.