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Armed inmate killed, hostage rescued at hospital

14 May 2017, 01:05 | Kenny Thornton

Hostage situation underway at Delnor Hospital

Authorities Respond to Incident at Delnor Hospital in Geneva

PHOTOS: GENEVA HOSPITAL STANDOFFWhen the incident started, the hospital's ER was immediately evacuated, a hospital spokeswoman said.

- Police fatally shot an armed inmate who took a hospital worker hostage at Geneva Hospital in IL.

Authorities say two nurses were taken hostage at different times during an hours-long standoff with an armed jail inmate at a northern IL hospital. The hospital was closed, and no one was being allowed to enter.

Hostage negotiators and the Kane County SWAT team have arrived at Delnor Hospital in the Chicago suburb of Geneva.

The hostage, a nurse, was apparently not injured, he said.

The standoff had been contained to one section of the emergency room as of late afternoon, when SWAT and crisis negotiation teams were called to the scene.

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Delnor was placed on lockdown, during which Geneva city officials warned the public to "stay out of the area as police deal with this standoff".

Kane County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Gengler identified the inmate as 21-year-old Tywon Salters.

Salters had been in custody about two months on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle out of Elgin, Illinois, Gengler said.

They were then escorted to a conference room, she said, where they stayed for approximately 45 minutes before they were able to leave the hospital. An investigation has been launched into the incident.

Kim Waterman, media relations specialist for Northwestern Medicine, said the hospital was extremely grateful for the police response and ability to keep employees and patients safe.

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