Delnor Hospital employee safe after being taken hostage by inmate

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A standoff at Delnor Hospital in west suburban Geneva has ended after an inmate who took took a hospital employee hostage was shot by a SWAT team officer.

Kane County sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Pat Gengler said 21-year-old Tylon Salters, of Chicago, had been receiving treatment at the hospital since May 8 after being taken into custody on a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle by the Elgin Police Department.

The hospital was resuming normal operations about 6 p.m.

The incident started about 12:30 p.m., according to a statement from the city of Geneva.

Salters was at the hospital for surgery, a hospital worker told the Sun-Times. When he woke up, he knocked out a Kane County Jail correctional officer who was guarding him and took his gun. He then took a woman who works on the hospital’s nursing staff hostage.

The nurse was taken hostage inside a room in the emergency room area, Gengler said. The situation was contained to a single room, with a SWAT team and crisis negotiators on the scene.

Police evacuated the rest of the emergency room area, but other patients remained in their rooms, Gengler said.


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