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(SMYRNA, Del.) — A Delaware Department of Correction employee is dead after a hostage situation that lasted nearly 24 hours inside the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, officials said Thursday morning.

At 5:06 a.m. Thursday, Delaware State Police breached the C Building, where the situation with two remaining hostages was unfolding, according to the state’s Department of Correction.

One of the two hostages, a Department of Correction employee, was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at 5:29 a.m., the Department of Correction said.

The second hostage, also a Department of Correction employee, “was safely rescued and is being examined at a local hospital,” the Department of Correction said, adding that she was “alert and talking.”

The incident began Wednesday around 10:30 a.m. with four hostages. The first two hostages were eventually released on Wednesday.

Officials said the building is secure.

Delaware Gov. John Carney said in a statement Thursday morning that he is “praying hard for the fallen officer’s family.”

“This serves as a tragic reminder that members of law enforcement risk their lives every day on behalf of the people of Delaware,” Carney said. “We will stand by the fallen officer’s family and fellow law enforcement officers during what is an extremely difficult time.”

Carney called this a “long and agonizing situation” and said the priority now is to “determine what happened and how this happened.”

“We will hold accountable anyone who was responsible,” Carney said. “And we will make whatever changes are necessary to ensure nothing like it ever happens again.”

The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center is Delaware’s largest male correctional facility, with approximately 2,500 inmates.

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