Wednesday, a prison riot in Delaware escalated into a harrowing hostage situation.
Shortly after 10:30 A.M. a corrections officer radioed for assistance in one of the complex’s buildings.
Currently it’s unknown what exactly triggered the call.
Negotiations carried on throughout Wednesday and into early Thursday morning.
Around 2:30 p.m., one officer was released and taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, officials said.
Shortly before 8 p.m., a second officer was let go, Coupe said. A helicopter with CNN affiliate WPVI-TV showed footage of the second hostage being wheeled out on a stretcher. That person is undergoing a health evaluation, Coupe said.
Around 5 a.m. Thursday, they used a state Department of Corrections backhoe to breach C Building and enter the prison, Coupe said.
Another prison official who had been taken hostage was rescued from C Building at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. She is being treated at a local hospital.
“She is alert and talking,” a statement said.
The other officer — whom officials didn’t identify — was found unresponsive in the same building and was pronounced dead at 5:29 a.m., officials said.
There is also no official statement on the motives of the prisoners, however they were able to take multiple hostages. Prisoners demanded better conditions at the prison, including education, rehabilitation programs and better training for prison guards, according to radio traffic picked up by CNN reporters.