Officials: Inmate who took hostage is shot, killed -

Officials: Inmate who took hostage is shot, killed


PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois prison officials say an inmate who took an employee hostage at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center in southern Illinois has been shot and killed.

According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, the 37-year-old inmate was pronounced dead at the scene about 5 p.m. Monday, nearly seven hours after the incident began. His name hasn't been released.

The hostage, a 62-year-old female employee, was rescued and was being evaluated by medical personnel.

The agency says around 2,200 male inmates in the prison remain on lockdown and the facility is secure.

Corrections officials say the offender was serving a sentence for aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping. The crimes took place in Cook County.

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