GENEVA, Ill. (Fox 32 News) - A Kane County Jail inmate who was receiving medical treatment at a suburban Chicago hospital grabbed a guard's gun and took a hospital employee hostage on Saturday.
Hours later, after negotiations broke down, police came in, and shot and killed the inmate, identified as Tywon Salters, 21. The nurse was not physically hurt.
"She's obviously upset," said Lt. Pat Gengler of the Kane County Sheriff's Department.
Salters lunged for the correctional guard's gun and took the employee hostage in a room near the emergency room.
"It is very scary when you hear some doors banging, but we have all those security cameras so we were able to see what's happening," said hospital volunteer Cheryl MacKenzie.
Gengler said it's common for inmates to be treated at Delnor, since it is near the jail.
Geneva is a far west suburb of Chicago.
The main hospital was put on lockdown and no patients were in danger. Other emergency room patients were transferred or redirected to other hospitals, a spokesperson said.
"We are extremely grateful to law enforcement for resolving this issue today. Our employees are safe. Our patients are safe, said Northwestern Medicine spokesperson Kimberly Waterman.
Salters had been charged with stealing a car and had been at the jail since April 11. He had been at the hospital for almost a week. Police could not say why he had been at the hospital, citing privacy laws.