(UPDATED) Guards Held Hostage By Inmates At Delaware PrisonScreen Shot 2017-02-01 at 2.17.03 PM
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On Thursday, authorities reported that one hostage was found dead inside the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center where prisoners revolted and took control of the facility. Police stormed the building around 5:30 AM Thursday morning.
From Fox News:
Delaware State Police breached Building C at James T. Vaughn Correction Center in Smyrna around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday where four corrections employees were taken hostage by an unknown number of prison inmates on Wednesday afternoon.
Two of the four prison employees were released within hours of the siege and a total of 46 inmates were released throughout negotiations between inmates and police. At least 82 inmates still remained in the building early Thursday.
A preliminary investigation suggests the disturbance began about 10:30 a.m. when a correctional officer inside Building C, which houses more than 100 inmates, radioed for immediate assistance, Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz said. Other officers responded to help, and the employees were taken hostage, he said.
On Wednesday, guards at a maximum security state prison in Smyrna, Delaware were taken hostage by inmates at the facility. Authorities were originally called to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center for an apparent smoke issue in the building just before 11 AM. The prison, which has been placed on lock down, houses about 2,500 inmates, some of which are believed to be the state’s most violent. Emergency personnel from Delaware and Pennsylvania responded to the scene as it began in the late morning hours.
Prison spokeswoman Jayme Gravell said that the incident was isolated and there was no threat to the public.
“The inmates have taken over a building,” Rep. William Carson told Delaware Online.