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All prisons in the state of DE have been placed on lockdown Wednesday amid a hostage situation at one of the facilities, the state's department of corrections announced.
Named after a notable state senator, the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center (JTVCC) is located outside of Smyrna, a town of some 10,000 residents in central Delaware.
The situation unfolded in Building C of the prison complex, which holds 120 to 150 inmates.
Along with firefighters from Smyrna's Citizens' Hose Company and Townsend, the Delaware State Police and other law enforcement agencies, EMS ambulance units, Kent County Paramedics and a hazardous materials team are all at the prison.
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While Geoffrey Klopp, president of the Correctional Officers Association of DE, confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that prisoners had taken hostages, few other details were immediately available.
A DOC spokeswoman said only that an emergency situation was reported at the Smyrna prison late Wednesday morning.
Hicks did not comment on who is being held hostage but The Associated Press reported that prison guards were taken hostage.
Spokeswoman Jayme Gravell provided few details but described the situation as an isolated incident, adding that there was no threat to the public.
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It opened in 1971 and houses minimum-, medium- and maximum-security inmates, the website says, and is the location for Delaware's death row inmates.
"The inmates have taken over a building", said Rep. William Carson, a state lawmaker and member of the Delaware House Corrections Committee, according to the News Journal. The prison carries out executions, as well.
A maximum security prison in DE is on lockdown as officials respond to a hostage situation. A department sharpshooter ended the standoff by shooting and killing 45-year-old Scott Miller, according to the report.
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