An inmate died and a correctional officer was injured after a law enforcement officer was held hostage at the Oklahoma County Detention Center in Oklahoma City on Saturday.
The Oklahoma City Police Department said the officer was rescued and treated at a hospital. The nature of the officer’s injuries was unknown, and it was not immediately clear how long the officer had been held hostage.
Authorities said Oklahoma City police officers shot and killed the prisoner.
After 4 pm local time, while the inmates were being medicated, the officer overpowered and held at least one prisoner, Greg Williams, hostage by the detainee center’s administrator. Said at a press conference on Saturday night.
The prisoner then took the officer’s radio and keys and freed the other prisoners. No other staff members were injured, and Mr. Williams was unsure how many prisoners were released or involved in the standoff.
In the part of the prison where the standoff occurred, there were 37 inmates, Mr. Williams said, adding that the area housed inmates, which are more difficult to manage.
Officers from the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office arrived around 4:30 pm, followed by Oklahoma City police officers.
Sheriff Tommy Johnson III said officers had tried to de-escalate the situation, but that inmate held an unspecified object in the officer’s throat, prompting officers to use lethal force.
Officials said it was unclear how long the prisoner was released without medical attention, as other inmates on the same floor refused to lock him up.
Oklahoma City Chief of Police, Wade Grale, said, “I am glad that the detention officer did not suffer any more serious injuries and we were able to take him out and protect him.”
Live-streamed video Officers posted from inside the center were posted on Twitter.
The person recording inside the center can be heard complaining about its condition, including the lack of rainfall. “Water does not work,” the unidentified person said. “Toilet backup. This is what we are dealing with. “
Mr Williams said he was not aware that he had been taken hostage by the conditions stated in the video.
“We don’t know that,” he said. “I did not get an opportunity to talk to any of the prisoners involved.”
He said, “That’s what I’m hearing, but again, it hasn’t been established.”
Many human and civil rights violations have been reported in prison, Nondoc.com, A non-profit journalism site, has reported.
a 2008 report The US Department of Justice found that there were issues of overcrowding, staffing and prisoner monitoring. Inspectors also found that the jail had 2,400 inmates at the time of their visit, although the center was designed to make up half of that number.
Nondoc.com reported that the US Department of Justice has maintained prison monitoring since 2009 and continues to do so, as several violations have been found.
The 268,000-square-foot detention center has about 450 employees and houses, which number about 2,700 inmates daily. Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office.