Inmates at a DE prison are taking the guards hostage

Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware, went under lockdown earlier Wednesday as police responded to the hostage situation inside the facility, according to Jayme Gravell with the Delaware Department of Corrections.

Bruce Rogers, counsel for the Correctional Officers Association of DE, told The Associated Press that there were injuries among both inmates and hostages.

The situation has been described as "an isolated incident", with "no threat to the public".

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Rep. Steve Smyk, R-Milton, a member of the corrections committee for the House of Representatives, said he heard there are 3-5 hostages involved, but was unsure how many are prison guards.

As a result of the incident at Vaughn, all of the state's prisons have been put on lockdown as is department protocol. It houses minimum, medium, and maximum security inmates, and also houses Kent County detainees awaiting trial. The prison also houses those who are on death row.

In 2004, an inmate at the Smyrna prison took a counselor hostage and was eventually shot and killed by a prison guard. Gravell says firefighters were called to the scene after reports of smoke, but they're being held on standby. A department sharpshooter ended the standoff by shooting and killing 45-year-old Scott Miller, according to the report.

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