An officer fatally shot an armed jail inmate who took two nurses hostage Saturday at a hospital in northern IL after the inmate stole a gun from the corrections officer guarding him, authorities said.
The emergency room was closed but the rest of the hospital was functioning as normal. He was shot by police Saturday after taking a hospital employee hostage.
The female employee is being held in the emergency room area. The corrections officer managed to get away but the hostage situation continued on for several hours while the hospital was on lockdown.
Hostage negotiators and the SWAT team rushed to the hospital when the incident began at around 1pm local time, according to Kane County Sheriff's spokesman Patrick Gengler.
Gengler said it's common for inmates to be treated at Delnor, since it is near the jail.
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The standoff had been contained to one section of the emergency room as of late afternoon, when SWAT and crisis negotiation teams were called to the scene.
Delnor then was under lockdown, and Geneva officials sent an alert asking the public to "stay out of the area" as police dealt with the standoff. The Illinois State Police will continue to investigate the incident.
He could not confirm the reason for the inmate's hospital visit, but said it was common for sick inmates to receive treatment there. She was quickly taken to another room in the hospital.
"She's obviously upset", said Lt. "We work closely with our partners in law enforcement so we are prepared".