A Delaware prison inmate who allegedly helped hold at least four people hostage reportedly said President Trump was one reason for the siege.
A specially trained assault team stormed James T. Vaughn Correctional Center Thursday, freeing a female employee held by inmates, officials said. A second hostage was found dead from unknown injuries.
The News Journal reports that during negotiations an inmate had called the newspaper to explain the reasons behind the uprising.
“Donald Trump,” the inmate, who has not been identified, reportedly said. “Everything that he did. All the things that he’s doing now. We know that the institution is going to change for the worse.”
The caller was reportedly among those who captured Building C inside the correctional center in Smyrna, which is located approximately 40 miles south of Wilmington.
In addition to four prison employees, the hostage takers claimed 126 inmates were held against their will. While it remains unclear just how many inmates were involved, authorities on Wednesday said 41 inmates and two officers, one of whom suffered unknown injuries, had been released throughout the day.
The inmates had reportedly demanded that money from the prison budget be allotted to education and rehabilitation services.
The deceased individual, who has not yet been identified, was a corrections officer at the prison, authorities said.
“I’m praying hard for the fallen officer’s family,” Delaware Governor John Carney said in a Thursday press release. “This serves as a tragic reminder that members of law enforcement risk their lives every day.”
Carney added, “We will hold accountable anyone who was responsible and we will make whatever changes are necessary to ensure nothing like it ever happens again.”