At least one correctional officer was assaulted Tuesday at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center just north of Smyrna, but there are conflicting accounts about what occurred.
The officer was struck in the face by a "pre-trial detainee," a person being held at the facility while awaiting trial, said Department of Correction Chief of Community Relations Jayme Gravell.
The officer wasn't seriously injured, Gravell said, and the incident is being investigated.
The Correctional Officers Association of Delaware (COAD) reported that more than one officer was assaulted.
The incident began at about 9:30 a.m., when inmates were yelling and threatening staff members during morning showers, the association said.
"One inmate in particular was unruly and reportedly shouting again and again that he was going to kill all of the officers," according to a COAD press release. "When ordered into his cell, the inmate threw his belongings into the cell and said, 'I'm taking one of you with me.' The inmate then braced his arms against the door to prevent from being secured. When officers went to secure the inmate, he turned suddenly and punched an officer in the face, causing injury. The inmate actively assaulted two officers during the attack. The inmate continued to fight and assault the officers until assistance arrived. Once secured, the inmate was removed from the area."
"One of the officers involved suffered a laceration on his nose, a laceration on his forehead and bruising around one of his eyes. The other officers were not injured," according to the COAD press release.