SMYRNA Delaware- The Correctional Officers Association of Delaware says on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at around 9:30 a.m, inmates at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna were yelling and threatening staff members during morning showers.
One inmate in particular was unruly and reportedly shouting again and again that he was going to kill all of the officers, the news release said. When ordered into his cell, the inmate threw his belongings into the cell and said, “I’m taking one of you with me.” The inmate then braced his arms against the door to prevent from being secured. When Officers went to secure the inmate, he turned suddenly and punched an Officer in the face, causing injury. The inmate actively assaulted two Officers during the attack. The inmate continued to fight and assault the Officers until assistance arrived. Once secured, the inmate was removed from the area. At the time of this release, one of the Officers involved suffered a laceration on his nose, a laceration on his forehead and bruising around one of his eyes. The other correctional officers were not injured. Six days after the riot, assaults on staff continue, staff says.