Oklahoma Inmate Killed: Inmate Outsmarted Corrections Officer, Grabbed His Radio And Keys To Free Other Inmates, Administrator Says

Oklahoma County Detention Center Administrator Greg Williams said the hostage situation occurred during a medical pass, which is when medicine is administered to inmates.

There were 37 inmates housed in the flat, but it is unclear how many were released and how many were involved in the incident, Williams said.

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The hostage situation occurred in a segregation capsule, where “prisoners who are more difficult to handle are housed,” Williams explained.

Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson III said his department dispatched the senior tactical team to the scene just after 4 p.m. (5 p.m. ET).

The team tried to alleviate the situation, but the inmate held the detention officer in a “hostage position” with “something tied around his neck,” Johnson said, causing first responders to use deadly force.

Gas was deployed during the situation, Johnson said.

Oklahoma City Police Department officers also responded to the scene to provide assistance and were among the officers who administered the deadly force, according to Oklahoma City Police Chief Wade Gourley.

Gourley said they will interview officers in the next few days and are conducting interviews with those involved in the situation.

“We are glad that the detention officer was not injured more seriously and we were able to get him out of there and protect him,” Gourley said.

Williams said the correctional officer was able to get out of jail and is now in the hospital.


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