UPDATE: State’s Attorney’s Office Provides Details On May 13 Delnor Hospital Incident
The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office released details Tuesday on the Saturday standoff at Delnor Hospital in Geneva.
According to a news release posted on the city of Geneva’s website, medical personnel at about 5:40 p.m. May 8, 2017, transported 21-year-old Tywon M. Salters by ambulance from the Kane County Jail to Delnor Hospital in Geneva.
The Chicago resident was hospitalized because he had eaten part of his plastic jail-issued sandal and needed medical attention. He was accompanied in the ambulance by a Kane County corrections officer.
During his stay at Delnor, doctors surgically removed the plastic piece from Salters’ stomach. He remained at the hospital while beginning his recovery from the medical procedure. Authorities do not yet know when Salters was due to be released from Delnor and returned to the jail, or if his release had been scheduled.
Salters originally was brought to the Kane County jail on March 11, 2017, after being charged with two counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, each a Class 2 felony. The alleged offense took place in Elgin. He was scheduled to make his next court appearance on May 17, 2017, at the Kane County Judicial Center.
At approximately 1 p.m. May 13, 2017, Salters gained control of the handgun of the Kane County corrections officer who was assigned to guard him in Salters’ third-floor hospital room, beginning a three-hour standoff that was confined to the interior of the hospital.
As a standoff ensued, the hospital was placed on lockdown and some patients were evacuated. Kane County’s SWAT team was called to the scene. The unit comprises specially trained officers from multiple Kane County law-enforcement agencies.
During the standoff, Salters took a nurse hostage, then took a second nurse hostage and released the first hostage. Salters, with the second hostage nurse, moved to the first floor of the hospital. Authorities continued to negotiate with Salters throughout the standoff, although unsuccessfully.
Shortly before 4 p.m., the SWAT team entered the area where Salters was holding the hostage. A member of the team fired his weapon at Salters, striking him.
The hostage was removed and received immediate medical attention. Salters also was removed and received immediate medical attention, but he was pronounced dead within minutes by medical personnel.
According to a news release by the Kane County Coroner’s Office, Salters was pronounced dead at 4:07 p.m. Saturday in the hospital emergency room. Following a Tuesday autopsy, the preliminary cause of death is “craniocerebral injuries due to gunshot wound to the head.”
Toxicology samples were collected and sent to a forensic lab.
Per protocol, the Kane County corrections officer and the SWAT officer were placed on paid administrative leave.
Multiple reviews are being conducted as a result of the incident.
The Illinois State Police is investigating the officer’s deadly use of force. According to Illinois law, the investigators in an officer-involved death, shall, in an expeditious manner, provide a complete report to the state’s attorney’s office where the death occurred. The Kane County State’s Attorney will review the ISP report to determine if the use of force was justified.
The Kane County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an internal review of policies, procedures and protocol regarding the transporting of jail detainees and how detainees are kept under guard while outside the jail.
The investigations into the events of May 13, 2017, are ongoing, Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said.
“There are many questions to be answered about this incident. I expect that these reviews will be thorough and will provide as complete a picture as possible of what occurred inside Delnor Hospital on May 13,” McMahon said. “When we get those answers, and after we are able to fully examine the investigation, we will share as much as we lawfully can with the public. In the meantime, please understand that it will not be beneficial to the pursuit of justice for us to reveal information piecemeal. Doing so could potentially compromise the integrity of the important work that lies ahead.”
Kim Waterman, senior media relations specialist for Northwestern Medicine, said the Delnor emergency room was back up and running at 6 p.m. Saturday, and members of the hospital’s human resources and Employee Assistance Program are on-site this week and providing support to employees as needed.
“We are thankful for local law enforcement’s assistance,” she said. “The hospital has returned to normal operations.”
SOURCE: Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, Kane County Coroner’s Office, Northwestern Medicine