KANE COUNTY, IL — The Kane County Board recently agreed to settle a claim brought by a former corrections officer who was attacked and disarmed by a detainee in May 2017 at Delnor Hospital, according to a report by the Kane County Chronicle.
The board voted 16-4 last week to award almost $97,000 to Shawn Loomis, who was guarding Tywon Salters after he was taken from the Kane County jail to the Geneva hospital for surgery, the report states. Loomis filed a workers’ compensation claim against Kane County after he was injured by Salters on May 13, 2017.
Salters overpowered Loomis, took his handgun and demanded a nurse give him her clothes, as previously reported. Another nurse convinced Salters to release the first nurse and take her instead.
Salters forced the woman into a decontamination room near the hospital’s emergency department, where he raped her and held her hostage for several hours before police shot and killed him, as previously reported.
Four nurses working at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital that day sued Kane County, which settled the lawsuits for almost $8 million. The nurse who was attacked and held hostage received a settlement of $7.2 million, the Daily Herald reported in 2018.
At least one lawsuit said Kane County sheriff’s deputies were lax in their supervision of Salters. The suit claimed some deputies used their personal cell phones and laptops while watching Salters in the hospital and one deputy fell asleep while on duty, the report states.
Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen chastised his fellow board members last week for voting to approve the $97,000 settlement, calling it a “waste” of the county’s money, the Kane County Chronicle reports. The county's insurance provided will pay for the settlement, the report states.
Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon told the Chronicle that the county could have been forced to pay nearly $500,000 if Loomis successfully argued his claim in court.