Kane inmate grabs gun, holds Geneva hospital employee hostage: Cops – Chicago Tribune
A Kane County jail inmate being treated at a Geneva hospital grabbed the gun of a corrections officer guarding him and took a hospital employee hostage, a Kane County Sheriff’s spokesman said.
The inmate, whose name has not been released, was taken to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital for treatment, said sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Patrick Gengler. While there, he grabbed the gun of the Kane County correctional officer who was chaperoning him.
The hostage situation started about 12:30 p.m., according to Geneva police. The inmate was still holding the gun on a female hospital employee and keeping her hostage about 4 p.m.
Both inmate and hostage were in a room in the lower level of the hospital, not far from the hospital’s emergency treatment area, Gengler said. Although there was a lockdown at the hospital, there was believed to be no threat to anyone else in the building.
No one had been injured, and it was not clear if the inmate had taken other people hostage who later escaped. The name and job of the hostage were not being released.
Hospital spokeswoman Kimberly Waterman asked people to not come to Delnor to visit patients until the situation is ended.
“We were able to move patients out of the ER,” Waterman said. “Those that needed medical care were transferred to other hospitals.”
The hospital’s emergency room entrance was cordoned off, but police said Delnor personnel and ambulances were available nearby to take anyone needing emergency medical care to another hospital. Those with non-emergency medical issues were being asked to go to other hospitals.
Earlier, a hospital security official said the building had been closed off, with no one being allowed to enter, but provided no other details. At least a half-dozen squad cars with lights flashing were parked near the ER entrance, on the north side of the Randall Road campus, and a canine unit and Kane County Emergency Management Agency personnel were seen entering the building.
Simultaneously, people could be seen exiting from doors not typically used for entering or exiting the hospital.
A medical employee leaving the building declined to discuss what was going on inside other than to say, “It’s not good.”
Several ambulances were seen arriving at the complex. Among the towns that have sent vehicles were West Chicago, Batavia and St. Charles.
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