Inmates take hostages at DE prison

The lockdown at the Level 5 James T. Vaughn Correctional Center (JVTCC) in Smyrna caused all DE prisons to be put on lockdown.

Hicks did not comment on who is being held hostage but The Associated Press reported that prison guards were taken hostage.

The prison, a level 5 facility originally built in 1971, houses 2,500 inmates and is the state's largest facility for men, the state's website noted.

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Investigators said the inmates took control of a building that houses up to 150 people.

Smyk said committee members are aware that there has been an increase in assaults at Vaughn center and a decrease in funding for prison guards.

Vaughn Correctional Center in the town of Smyrna, about 40 miles (64 km) south of Wilmington, was locked down between 10:30 a.m. ET and 11 a.m. ET (1530-1600 GMT), spokeswoman Jayme Gravell said.

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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 prison carries out executions, as well.

Firefighters were called to the scene because there were reports of a possible fire inside, but DOC officials told them that "they also had a situation involving inmates and they were trying to get that controlled", Citizens' Hose Company Public Information Officer Gene Tucker told the Dover Post. That standoff ended when a corrections officer shot and killed Miller.

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