Armed inmate at IL hospital holding 1 person hostage

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Officers fatally shot an armed jail inmate and freed his hostage at hospital in northern IL on Saturday, several hours after the inmate stole a gun from the correction's officer guarding him, authorities said.

The inmate, Tywon Salters, 22, of Chicago was fatally shot after negotiations broke down inside Delnor Hospital in Geneva, said Patrick Gengler, spokesman for the Kane County, Illinois, Sheriff's Department.

"Unfortunately, just a short while ago, the negotiations broke down", 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.

The 21-year-old inmate was being treated near the emergency room of the hospital at about 12.30pm when he grabbed a correctional officer's gun.

The situation was contained to that room, with a SWAT team and crisis negotiators on the scene.

Salters initially took one female nurse hostage, but she was released at some point during the standoff.

"Most of the hospital is on lockdown". "Those that needed medical care were transferred to other hospitals", hospital spokeswoman Kimberly Waterman said earlier Friday.

A hostage standoff has ended at a Geneva hospital with the suspect dead.

Hospital staff and paramedics have ambulances ready to transport anyone who comes to the hospital requiring emergency attention, according to the city's statement.

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