The maximum security James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware, was taken over by prison inmates, where they held prison guards hostage.
Police infiltrated the facility on Wednesday as the hostage situation broke out.
All of Delaware’s state prisons were put on lockdown, according to the Department of Corrections (DOC).
The President of the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware, Geoffrey Klopp, revealed to reporting press that the commissioner told him “three to five” prison guards had been taken hostage by inmates.
Spokeswoman Jayme Gravell contributed by giving minute-by-minute details of the apparently isolated incident. Gravell claims there is no immediate threat to the public.
Video footage from the prison shows uniformed officers in a cluster of two groups spread along a fence near an entrance to the prison.
Firefighters joined the officers at the scene, on standby, as reports came in that there was smoke billowing from the facility.
The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center is Delaware’s largest correctional facility for men. with appx. 2,500 inmates in total.
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