One dies as Illinois hostage standoff ends

Dhaka,  Wed,  24 May 2017
Published : 14 May 2017, 14:15:24
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One dies as Illinois hostage standoff ends

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

A SWAT team quickly moved in to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital after negotiations broke down with the inmate Saturday afternoon, Kane County Sheriff's Office spokesman Patrick Gengler said. Gengler said one officer shot and killed the inmate, whom he identified as 21-year-old Tywon Salters, according to AP.

The female hostage was "extremely emotional and upset" following the shooting, but appeared to be physically OK, Gengler said. She was quickly taken to another room in the hospital.

The standoff began around 12:30 p.m., when the inmate snatched a gun from a correctional officer at the hospital about 40 miles west of Chicago.

Salters, who was being held on charges related to a stolen vehicle, had been in the Kane County Jail's custody since April 11, and in the hospital since Monday, Gengler said. Gengler said he couldn't release details about why Salter was hospitalised, citing federal privacy laws.

 
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