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Illinois inmate shot after taking employee hostage

Pinckneyville, IL (WKOW)-- An Illinois inmate who took an employee hostage has been shot and killed after the prison was on lock down for nearly seven hours.

It began around 10:30 a.m. Monday at Pinckneyville Correctional Center.

The Illinois Department of Corrections says the 37-year-old inmate died at the scene at about five Monday night. 

The hostage, a 62-year-old woman, was rescued.

Around 2,200 male inmates inside the prison remain on lock down.

Officials say the suspect had been serving a sentence for sexual assault and kidnapping.

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