Delnor Hospital hostage standoff ends with inmate shot to death

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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 to death by a SWAT team officer.

Kane County sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Pat Gengler said 22-year-old Tywon M. 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 by 6 p.m.

The incident started about 12:30 p.m., according to a statement from the city of Geneva and ended about 5 p.m.

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 that 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.

Salters was booked into the Kane County Jail on March 11 and ordered held on $75,000 bail, according to jail records. His next court appearance was scheduled for May 17.


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