Hostage Situation Ongoing at Delaware Prison

  • Hostage Situation Ongoing at Delaware Prison

Hostage Situation Ongoing at Delaware Prison

Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware, went under lockdown earlier Wednesday as police responded to the hostage situation inside the facility, according to Jayme Gravell with the Delaware Department of Corrections.

There was an assault at the same prison last week, on Saturday, an inmate squirted an unknown liquid at a correction officer. Aerial photos showed numerous emergency personnel including heavily armed police intervention teams congregating around the facility.

Geoffrey Klopp, president of the Correctional Officers Association of DE, said he was told by the Department of Correction commissioner that prison guards had been taken hostage at the JTVCC.

This is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public, Gravell said, noting that a statewide lockdown was DOC policy.

A large amount of emergency responders - including police from neighboring Pennsylvania and DE - could be seen rushing to the prison midday. Firefighters were called to the scene after reports of smoke and were being held on standby, she added.

A video has emerged showing uniformed officers gathered in two groups along fences near an entrance to the prison. People could be seen standing near a set of doors with an empty stretcher and wheelchair.

A hostage situation is ongoing at a Delaware prison today, according to a Delaware Department of Corrections official. The all male facility houses 2,500 prisoners - some on death row. The prison opened in 1971.

An attorney for the union representing guards at a DE prison says at least four guards and one counselor have been taken hostage by inmates.

A department sharpshooter later shot and killed 45-year-old Scott Miller, according to the report, ending that standoff.