CHICAGO (AP) - An appellate court has overturned a lower court and found a correctional officer who unshackled an inmate at a suburban Chicago hospital can’t be sued by two patients who alleged an ensuing hostage situation left them severely traumatized.
The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reported Friday that the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the officer who allegedly hid in a closet after Tywon Salters got his handgun and took nurses hostage had immunity as a public official.
The lawsuit also alleged the officer didn’t alert others in the Geneva hospital that Salters was on the loose.
Four nurses who sued Kane County earlier got a combined $7.9 million in a settlement. The nurse receiving the bulk of the money was held hostage for hours by Salters, who threatened to kill her.
An officer eventually fatally shot Salters.
Information from: Chicago Daily Law Bulletin , http://www.chicagolawbulletin.com
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