OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma City police officers shot dead an inmate who took a correctional officer hostage at a county jail on Saturday, authorities said.
Officers had tried to defuse the situation at the Oklahoma County detention center, but authorities fired their guns after the suspect held something to the hostage’s neck, Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson III said during a press conference.
The prison officer was then safely rescued and transferred to a hospital for treatment.
Officials did not provide details about the officer’s injuries, but Oklahoma City Police Chief Wade Gourley said: “I am glad the arresting officer did not suffer more serious harm.
The inmate had invaded the officer while the drugs were being distributed, authorities said. The suspect then used the officer’s keys to free other inmates on the 10th floor of the jail, authorities said.
Authorities did not immediately release the names of the inmate or the officer who had been taken hostage.
As the incident unfolded, protesters went to jail to protest how inmates are treated within the facilities, KOCO-TV reported.