History: Last prison hostage situation in DE in 2004

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.

DE prisons have been put on lockdown following a reported hostage taking at the state's maximum-security facility.

According to CBS News, three to five correctional officers were taken hostage and the inmates have control of the building.

Police are swarming the facility, AP reported.

Corrections officers are being held hostage at a DE prison, authorities said Wednesday.

The Correctional Officers Association of DE said in an email on Saturday that guards were removing dinner trays when an inmate threatened an officer and squirted an unknown liquid on the officer's upper torso and arm.

Citizens' Hose fire crews have arrived on the scene and are staged outside of the prison.

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

Aerial video shows uniformed officers gathered in two groups along fences near an entrance to the prison. Later, video showed several people surrounding a stretcher and running as they pushed it across the compound.

The Vaughn Correctional Center houses 2,500 people including maximum security inmates, according to the Delaware Department of Corrections website. It holds minimum, medium, maximum and death-penalty inmates. In 2004, an inmate took a prison counselor hostage and sexually assaulted her before he was shot and killed by a corrections officer.

  • Tracy Ferguson