More Delnor Hospital nurses join lawsuit against county over hostage situation

Two more nurses have joined a lawsuit claiming Kane County, a corrections deputy and a private security firm were at fault in a hostage standoff in May at Geneva, Ill.-based Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, according to the Chicago Tribune.  

Two nurses who were held hostage May 13 at Delnor Hospital by a Kane County Jail inmate brought the lawsuit late last month. The nurses were taken hostage by Tywon Salters, an inmate who was receiving care at the hospital. Mr. Salters used a gun he wrestled away from Shawn Loomis, a correctional officer with the Kane County Sherriff's Department, to take the nurses hostage. The lawsuit accuses Mr. Salters, who SWAT officers fatally shot about five hours after the ordeal began, of physical, verbal and sexual abuse.

Two more nurses joined the lawsuit in an amended complaint filed Tuesday. One nurse claims she took care of Mr. Salters the morning of the hostage standoff and saw him unshackled. The second nurse claims she was in the room where Mr. Loomis allegedly fled after the inmate took his gun, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Sean Murray, a lawyer representing the nurses, told reporters Thursday it is possible more hospital employees will be added to the lawsuit as the case moves forward, according to the report.

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