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Inmate killed by police held corrections officer hostage and took his radio and keys to free other inmates, administrator says

Oklahoma County Detention Center Administrator Greg Williams said the hostage situation took place during a med pass, which is when medicine is given to the inmates.

There were 37 inmates housed on the floor, but it’s not clear how many were released and how many were involved in the incident, Williams said.

The hostage situation occurred in a segregation pod, where the “inmates that are most 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 de-escalate the situation, but the inmate had the detention officer in a “hostage position” with “something held to his neck,” Johnson said, so responders used lethal force.

Gas was deployed during the situation, Johnson said.

Officers with the Oklahoma City Police Department also responded to the scene to provide aid and were among the officers who administered the lethal force, according to Oklahoma City Police Chief Wade Gourley.

Gourley said they will interview officers in the coming days and are conducting interviews of those involved in the situation.

“We’re glad that the detention officer wasn’t more seriously hurt and we were able to get him out of there and protect him,” Gourley said.

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

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