One hostage was found dead and one was rescued this morning at the Vaughn Correctional Center north of Smyrna.
At 5:06 a.m., Delaware State Police breached the C Building at the prison, said Jayme Gravell, Department of Correction chief of community relations.
One of the hostages, who Gravell said is a Department of Correction employee, was safely rescued and is being examined at a local hospital. She is alert and talking.
The remaining hostage, a Department of Correction officer, was found but was unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at 5:29 a.m., Gravell said.
Building C is secured, Gravell said.
No more hostages are in the prison.
Gov. John Carney released the following statement this morning:
"I'm 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."
"This was a long and agonizing situation. I want to thank all those involved in responding, including officers at the Department of Correction and the Delaware State Police, as well as our federal partners," Carney said. "Our priority now will be to determine what happened and how this happened. We will hold accountable anyone who was responsible. And we will make whatever changes are necessary to ensure nothing like it ever happens again."
More information will be released at a 10:30 a.m. press conference, Gravell said.
The Department of Correction continues to operate under emergency procedures.