Four Corrections Employees Held Hostage in Ongoing Situation at Delaware Prison: Police

iStock/Thinkstock(DOVER, Del.) --  Four Delaware prison employees are being held hostage at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, according to Richard Bratz of the Delaware State Police.

The incident began around 10:30 a.m. when five employees were taken hostage, Bratz said at a news conference. Wednesday afternoon, one hostage was released and hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, Bratz said.

He said it's unclear if there are any other injuries.

The Department of Correction employees were taken hostage in C building, in an area that houses approximately 100 inmates, he said.

"We are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of everyone involved," Bratz said.

The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center is Delaware's largest male correctional facility, with approximately 2,500 inmates.


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