Standoff over – One hostage dead at Vaughn Correctional Center
One Department of Corrections employee is dead following a more than 20-hour standoff at the James Vaughn Correctional Center in southern New Castle County, near Smyrna.
WHYY Newsworks reported that at 5:06 Thursday morning, Delaware State Police entered the C building where two corrections. workers were being held hostage. They were able to safely rescue one of the hostages, a woman who was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The second employee was found unresponsive as police entered the
They were able to rescue one of the hostages, a woman who was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The second employee was found unresponsive as troopers entered the building. He was pronounced dead at 5:29 a.m. Thursday morning.
No information was released on the hostage takers.
According to the Corrections Department website, Vaughn is a Level 5 facility that is located on the southern edge of New Castle County. It houses 2,500 inmates and is the home to Delaware’s death row.
The prison opened in 1971 and expanded as the state’s population grew and guidelines called for stiffer sentences. The prison saw a $110 million expansion in 1996 that added nearly 900 beds.
A press conference later this morning will be held later this morning.
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