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A corrections employee was found dead after inmates took hostages at a Delaware prison

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UPDATE 8:25 a.m.:

A Delaware corrections employee is dead after a hostage situation that lasted nearly 24 hours at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, officials said this morning, according to ABC News.

A second hostage, a female Department of Correction employee, "was safely rescued and is being examined at a local hospital," a department spokesman said, adding that she was "alert and talking."

WATCH: Authorities investigate the incident at a Delaware prison. 

UPDATE at 7:54 p.m.: The inmates, who are still holding four hostages, explained their reasons "for what [they're] doing" to a local paper in Delaware. They said that education for prisoners was among their top priority, but also included President Donald Trump in their reasoning.

"Everything that he did. All the things that he’s doing now. We know that the institution is going to change for the worse," one inmate told The News Journal in Wilmington.

Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz said “We are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of everyone involved and using all of our available resources."

He said law enforcement officials have been in contact with the prisoners, but didn't give any details about ongoing negotiations.

UPDATE at 6:18 p.m. | Inmates at a maximum-security facility in Delaware have released one of five corrections department workers they took hostage Wednesday morning, according to ABC News. The hostage was subsequently hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. 

Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz said the incident began around 10:30 a.m.when a correctional officer radioed in for immediate assistance. 

Authorities don't know whether anyone else has been injured, Bratz said.


Original story

Delaware prisons have been placed on lockdown after inmates reportedly took guards hostage at the state's maximum-security facility, according to the Associated Press.

Delaware's Department of Correction commissioner said the incident occurred at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna late Wednesday morning.

Spokeswoman Jayme Gravell described the situation as an isolated incident, but DOC policy requires that all prisons in the state be placed on lockdown under such circumstances.

Gravell also said that firefighters were called to the scene after reports of smoke.

A corrections employee was found dead after inmates took hostages at a Delaware prison

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