Hostage dead in Delaware prison standoff

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A corrections officer at Delaware’s largest state prison is dead following a daylong hostage situation, according to multiple reports.

Delaware State Police stormed the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Del., early Thursday and found the deceased officer, The Washington Post said.

The Post said a second officer was freed Thursday morning.

{mosads}The Department of Corrections told the Post the female employee was “safely rescued and is being examined at a local hospital” where she is alert and talking.

Delaware Gov. John Carney (D) said Thursday he is “praying hard for the fallen officer’s family.” 

“This serves as a tragic reminder that members of law enforcement risk their lives every day on behalf of the people of Delaware,” he said in a statement. “We will stand by the fallen officer’s family and fellow law enforcement officers during what is an extremely difficult time.”

Authorities first reported a hostage situation at the maximum-security prison Wednesday, when four corrections officers reportedly were taken prisoner.

Dozens of inmates were also taken hostage during the unfolding drama.

The hostage-takers told The News Journal Wednesday that their actions were partially inspired by President Trump’s policies.

“Donald Trump,” a woman whose son was a prisoner told the newspaper via phone. “Everything that he did. All the things he’s doing now.”

“We know the institution is going to change for the worse,” she repeated twice, purportedly on behalf of hostage-takers.

The hostage-takers reportedly demanded improved education, rehabilitation programs and more transparency regarding the prison’s budget.

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