Inmates at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware took four officers hostage along with some other prisoners. As a result of the incident, Sergeant Steven Floyd was found dead.
The event took place February 1st, a Wednesday morning in the C-pod where Floyd was working. As the events were unfolding, he warned all the staff he could to leave the area as fast as possible.
Authorities have stated that the motive is unclear as to why the hostage happened in the first place. However, it is known that inmates called the News Journal newspaper in Wilmington for their actions.
“Donald Trump. Everything that he did…All the things that he’s doing now. We know that the institution is going to change for the worse.” – inmate on call [BBC News]
He goes on further and explains that it’s important for the inmates to get the education they need along with other wishes like better rehabilitation programs and for the inmates to have more access to knowledge as to how money is being used in prisons.
From the four officers and inmates that were being held hostage, 46 inmates and 2 officers were freed during negotiations between the inmates and local authorities.
They held hostage the remaining officers and inmates for about 24 hours in total.
Once authorities were able to get access into the building, they were able to take one of the officer to a local hospital where they had no life-threatening injuries, while Steven Floyd was found dead at the scene.
The cause of his death is still unknown. As of right now, all 120 inmates that were in the pod are being held as suspects, and authorities are unaware if any more inmates were held hostage too.
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