The Latest: Armed inmate killed, hostage rescued at hospital

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GENEVA, Ill. (AP) – The Latest on a jail inmate who took a hospital worker hostage in Illinois (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Authorities say officers have fatally shot an armed jail inmate who had taken a worker hostage at an Illinois hospital.

Kane County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Patrick Gengler says a SWAT team quickly moved in to Delnor Hospital in Geneva after negotiations broke down with the inmate Saturday afternoon. Gengler says an officer shot and killed the inmate, whom he identified as 21-year-old Tywon Salters.

Gengler says the female hostage was “extremely emotional and upset,” but appeared to be physically OK. Gengler says she was quickly taken to another room in the hospital.

Authorities say the incident began around 12:30 p.m., when the inmate snatched a gun from a correctional officer who was watching him at the hospital about 40 miles west of Chicago.

Gengler says Salters was being held on charges related to a stolen vehicle. Gengler says Salter had been in the county jail’s custody since April 11, and in the hospital since Monday.

Gengler says he couldn’t release details about why Salter was hospitalized.

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3:50 p.m.

Authorities say a jail inmate being treated at a hospital outside Chicago is holding an employee hostage after taking a gun from a correctional officer.

Kane County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Patrick Gengler says SWAT teams and crisis negotiators are on scene at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, about 40 miles west of Chicago.

Gengler says Saturday’s standoff was contained to one section of the emergency room. Officials say the male inmate from Kane County Jail gained control of the officer’s weapon around 12:30 p.m.

Gengler says the emergency room has been cleared. Patients elsewhere in the hospital haven’t been evacuated, but authorities say no one else is being allowed on the hospital’s campus.

Geneva spokesman Kevin Stahr says ambulances are on standby for anyone arriving at the hospital who need urgent care.

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