Guard found dead in Delaware prison standoff was 16-year department veteran

Guard found dead in Delaware prison standoff was 16-year department veteran
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The guard found dead Thursday after a Delaware prison hostage standoff that stretched for nearly a day was a 16-year veteran of the force, investigators revealed, saying they considered all 120 inmates in the building as suspects.

Sgt. Steven Floyd was found unresponsive at James T. Vaughn Correction Center in Smyrma once police made their way into the building early Thursday, Dept. of Corrections Commissioner Perry Phelps said. He did not reveal how Floyd died. A relative told Fox News Floyd was a married father.

At least four prison workers were taken hostage in all. A woman identified as a prison counselor was rescued unhurt as the siege ended. Two other employees were released Wednesday night.

Perry also said three maintenance workers hiding in the prison’s basement were able to make their way to the roof where they were rescued early Thursday.

The prisoners blocked doors with foot lockers filled with water, Delaware Safety and Homeland Security Secretary Robert Coupe told reporters. He said corrections officers ultimately knocked down walls with a backhoe.

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