Inmates take hostages at DE prison

Inmates take hostages at DE prison

Inmates have taken four prison guards and a counselor hostage at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Delaware.

A hostage situation was unfolding at a DE prison on February 1, 2017. He said the building under inmate control houses between 120-150 people.

Geoff Klopp, the president of the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware, told the Delaware State News that three to five correctional officers have been taken hostage.

The emergency situation has been unfolding at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, which is about 12 miles north of Dover.

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No injuries have been reported, and Department of Correction spokeswoman Jayme Gravell said the situation provided no threat to the public.

As CBS2's Dana Tyler reported, there is no threat to the public, but all DE prisons are on lockdown as a precaution. It houses minimum, medium, and maximum security inmates, and also houses Kent County detainees awaiting trial.

A hostage situation is ongoing at a Delaware prison today, according to a Delaware Department of Corrections official. It is also the site of the state's death row and where executions are carried out.

However, The Associated Press reports prison guards were taken hostage by inmates. Gravell says firefighters were called to the scene after reports of smoke, but they're being held on standby. That standoff ended when a corrections officer shot and killed Miller.