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.
He took one nurse hostage inside the area and then moved from the third floor to the ground floor to a small room near the hospital's emergency room and took another nurse hostage, authorities said.
The hospital was resuming normal operations by 6 p.m., the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting. Gengler says she was quickly taken to another room in the hospital. The incident started at about 12:30 p.m.in a room near the hospital's emergency room.
Authorities would not reveal what Salters was being treated for in hospital.
The Illinois State Police are investigating the incident. Several hours later, after hostage negotiators were unable to persuade Salters to give himself up, negotiations broke down and members of the SWAT team were sent in, Gengler said. After an hours-long standoff, a police SWAT team broke in and fatally shot the man.
Additional details, including information about the inmate, haven't been released.
Salters was in Kane County jail since April 11 because he was charged of ownership of a stolen engine vehicle.
The female hostage was "extremely emotional and upset" following the shooting, but appeared to be physically OK, Gengler said. CNN affiliate WLS reported visitors were not allowed entry into other parts of the 159-bed hospital. She was quickly taken to another room in the hospital. One person, a hospital employee, was being held hostage, police said shortly before 3 p.m.
Kimberly Waterman, a hospital spokeswoman, declined to comment.
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