Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Inmates at a Delaware prison are taking the guards hostage

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Inmates at a Delaware prison have taken over the building and are taking guards hostage, local news outlets reported on Wednesday.

Department of Correction response teams and state police are responding to the hostage situation at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, according to Delaware's News Journal.

"The inmates have taken over a building," said Rep. William Carson, a state lawmaker and member of the Delaware House Corrections Committee, according to the News Journal.

The prison houses 2,500 inmates, some of whom are kept in maximum security housing. The prison also houses inmates who have been sentenced to death.

All Delaware prisons have been put on lockdown, multiple sources reported.

This story is developing. 

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