[2/1/17] Action News has learned that four prison guards and a counselor are being held hostage at the James T. Vaughn state correctional facility in Smyrna, Delaware.
Injuries have been reported, sources say, but the number and severity were not known. It is also not known if the hostages were among the injured.
We’ve learned the details of at least one injury, in which a 35-year-old guard was struck numerous times with a mop wringer. He was taken to the hospital and was said to be awake and alert.
This incident also involved, at one point, a blanket being set on fire in a closet.
The hostage situation is unfolding in Building C of the complex, which houses between 120-150 inmates. It is also where maximum security inmates transition to medium security.
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