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Armed jail inmate at Illinois hospital holds employee hostage

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Male inmate gained control of correctional officer’s gun at hospital west of Chicago

The Associated Press
Posted: May 13, 2017 5:13 PM ET
Last Updated: May 13, 2017 5:19 PM ET

A jail inmate being treated at a hospital outside Chicago is holding an employee hostage after taking a gun from a correctional officer, authorities said Saturday.  
 
SWAT teams and crisis negotiators are on scene at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, about 65 kilometres west of Chicago, said Patrick Gengler, spokesperson for the Kane County Sheriff’s Office.
 
Gengler said the standoff was contained to one section of the emergency room. Officials said the male inmate from Kane County Jail gained control of the officer’s weapon around 12:30 p.m. 
 
The emergency room has been cleared, said Gengler. Patients elsewhere in the hospital haven’t been evacuated, but authorities said no one else is being allowed on the hospital’s campus. 

Geneva spokesperson Kevin Stahr said ambulances are on standby for anyone arriving at the hospital who may need urgent care.  
 

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