A prison guard was found dead and another official has been rescued in the aftermath of the day-long prison hostage standoff in Smyrna, Delaware.
Delaware State Police found the unresponsive body of Delaware Department of Corrections Sergeant Steven Floyd, a 16-year veteran of the corrections field who was declared dead shortly after he was located. A relative reported that he was married with children.
In his remarks, Governor John Carney said it was a “very sad day across the state of Delaware with the loss of one of our brave corrections officers” and said flags would fly at half-staff.
“We will [leave] no stone unturned…to make sure that our correctional facilities are secured and that our employees are safe,” the governor said.
A woman identified as a counselor was also rescued and is reported to be unharmed.
“We are happy to say she was not injured in this ordeal, and I will go as far as to say that there were actually inmates that shielded this victim,” said Delaware Homeland Security Agency Secretary Robert Coupe.
Two other guards who were trapped in the prison were reported to have escaped on Wednesday night.
Fox News reports that inmates used “sharp instruments” to take over the building and blocked the doorways with water-filled footlockers.
Corrections officers eventually gained entry by knocking a wall down with a backhoe, allowing tactical teams to move in.
The standoff forced a lockdown of all Delaware state prisons.
The incident began at around 10:30 Wednesday morning, when an officer in building C radioed for help.
One inmate told news reporters that the hostage-takers’ grievances included President Trump.
“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. We know the institution is going to change for the worse,” he said.
The prisoners demanded education and personalized rehabilitation programs.
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