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Inmate Is Killed in Hostage Standoff at Oklahoma Jail

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An inmate was killed and a correction officer was injured after being taken hostage at the Oklahoma County Detention Center in Oklahoma City on Saturday, law enforcement officials said.

The officer was rescued and was being treated at a hospital, the Oklahoma City Police Department said in a statement. The nature of the officer’s injuries was unknown, and it was not immediately clear how long the person had been held hostage.

The inmate was shot and killed by Oklahoma City police officers, the police said.

Live-streamed videos from inside the center were posted on Twitter as the officer was being held.

A person recording inside the center could be heard complaining about its conditions, including a lack of showers. “The water don’t work,” the unidentified person said. “The toilet’s backed up. This is what we’re dealing with.”

The 268,000-square-foot detention center has about 450 employees and houses up to 2,700 inmates on a daily basis, according to the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office.

In 2017, inmates initially took four staff members hostage at Delaware’s largest prison and left one prison employee injured. And in 1999, a prison guard and an inmate were killed in a hostage situation at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.

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