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Rep. William Carson, a member of the Delaware House Corrections Committee, said he had been told it was an “apparent hostage situation.”“The inmates have taken over a building,” he said to Dalaware News Journal.
#BREAKINGNEWS Hostage situation underway at Delaware state prison in Smyrna; all facilities on lockdownhttps://t.co/DYZUC4jKjw— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) February 1, 2017
#BREAKINGNEWS Hostage situation underway at Delaware state prison in Smyrna; all facilities on lockdownhttps://t.co/DYZUC4jKjw
Department of Corrections spokeswoman Jayme Gravell told the News Journal that state police and DOC response teams were called in to deal with the hostage situation.
This is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public, Gravell said, noting that a statewide lockdown was DOC policy.
Authorities believe the takeover began around 10.30am yesterday when a prison officer inside Building C called for back-up.
According to Sergeant Richard Bratz of Delaware State Police, there are more than 100 inmates housed in Building C.
Other officers responded to help, and five Department of Corrections employees were taken hostage.
Later in the afternoon, prisoners contacted their local newspaper, The News Journal in Wilmington with the help of one inmate's fiancée and another person's mother. The mother told the paper her son was among the hostages.
In that call, an inmate said their reasons 'for doing what we're doing' included '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.'