Jail inmate fatally shot after taking facility employee hostage

Corrections officers are accustomed to hearing complaints from inmates about the facilities in which they are held, but this weekend, an act of protest taken by a prisoner in Oklahoma City unfortunately led to his own demise.

According to local ABC affiliate KOCO, an incarcerated individual at the Oklahoma County Jail took a correctional officer hostage while complaining of conditions inside the detention center and, despite police attempts to de-escalate the situation, was fatally shot as a result.

Fox News reported that the incident unfolded on the 10th floor of the facility – the area known for lodging prisoners deemed difficult to manage – while a jail staffer was delivering medication to inmates.

It was then that one of the prisoners accosted the corrections officer, tied him up, grabbed his radio, and took his keys, a fact which resulted in the release of several other inmates in the same pod.

According to the Washington Examiner, Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson III said that jail officials on the scene made de-escalation attempts, but once they observed that the inmate had placed the corrections officer in a “hostage position” and was holding an object to his neck, shots were fired and the assailant was killed.

The jail employee who had been taken hostage was subsequently removed from the floor and was reportedly hospitalized to receive treatment for injuries sustained during the struggle.

Video posted by a reporter from local NBC affiliate KFOR shows the now-deceased inmate complaining about living conditions at the facility, saying “we can’t take showers,” and asserting that the corrections officer taken hostage was not necessarily to blame, adding “Ain’t got nothing to do with this CO. He just so happens to be a product of the situation.”

As news of the standoff broke, a group of concerned citizens gathered outside the facility, with Rev. T. Sheri Dickerson of Black Lives Matter-Oklahoma City saying that those held at this particular jail have long complained of a lack of water, moldy food, and an absence of basic levels of sanitation, as USA Today reported. Dickerson added that changes must be made not only to protect incarcerated individuals housed in the building, but also to safeguard the citizens who work there.

According to Oklahoma City police chief Wade Gourley, an investigation into the incident is underway, and Greg Williams, administrator for the Oklahoma County Jail Trust reported that the corrections officer involved in the frightening incident is doing well.

50 Responses

  1. I thought it would be news on Biden, the criminal being shot is NOT big news. he got what he deserved

    1. true biden, harris, nancy or chuckie are Americas enemy within, but it was another criminal, he/ she will not be missed either

    2. Any time I hear shots fired I’m hopeful to hear piglosi, Schumer, schiff, nadler, swallow cum well, Durbin, any one of da knee grows especially the bald headed one but nooo just another already in jail one criminal instead of they that deserve it so much

  2. Most prisoners don’t deserve to be in a resort Holiday Inn because of what they did. The sheriff in Arizona had the right idea in how his prisoners were cared for, adequate but nothing fancy, except pink undershorts.

  3. And here we go again!! It’s not the incarcerated criminal who is to blame for his own death. It is the correctional institution to blame!
    It’s just awful these poor dopes commit crimes, then want to be treated like Sunday school children! As the saying goes,” You don’t want to do time, don’t commit the crime!” I am so tired of hearing how awful the conditions are in prison. If it’s so bad, why are they filled?!?
    What about their victims? How are their lives after being attacked by these inhumans? Even judges don’t seem to care abut the victims!
    Just let’s be concerned with the poor perpetrators and make sure their lives are worried about!
    Enough is enough!

    1. Even if people do stupid things and should be locked up, there still human beings and should be treated as such.Some people just snap and that’s why we have prisons. All prisoners should be out working and all prisons should be safe efficient so they can grow their own food and work hard and earn a shower not just lay up in a cell and go mad.

      1. I believe their being to good already. We need to go back to treating them like they were century or so ago. Busting rocks and and bread and water then maybe they would think long and hard before committing the crime. If they know prison is going to be cushy then why would they mind going to prison for breaking the law.

      2. They’re treated as well as they deserve. a correction officer must always be on the lookout for a crazy inmate. When a correction officer or Policeman is killed, all I hear is crickets. Prioritise yourself. Criminals in Prison are criminal, who would complain even if they were served steak or Lobster every day. The real victims are those who cater these animals.– its that simple! No need to think about it.

      3. And SOME countries you get IMMEDIATE JUSTICE. If you’re found GUILTY, you don’t get years and years of appeals, if you get the Death Sentence, it’s carried out within MINUTES. We coddle our prisoners, they’re treated better than some of their victims.

    2. Make it rough on them so they never want to come back. Do not let them work out and get strong or play in the yard. Chain Gangs on side of highways cleaning up the filth.

  4. don’t judge others ,everyone has family.a person had die to bring attention to a situation,the jail gets paid to house these people use that money .some dogs are treated better.not into someone pocket////

  5. YOU TAKE A CORRECTION OFFICER HOSTAGE WITH A WEAPON AND BEING THREATENING YOU’RE DEAD MEAT!!!! CASE CLOSED!!!

  6. I understand just because a person is sentenced to jail makes him or her guilty how ever they are to be treated humanly guards have no right to spit in there food denial of good showers and beat them this is why so many people have no respect for officers which is a shame. And if you complain they end up dead oh they fell and hit there head or suffered a medical condition they didn’t even have or they end u with 10,000 lid Tylenol which is lethal and they die and which guards are questioned they have the inmate Tylenol but when investigation shows they never gave them Tylenol it’s a covet up sadly the family loss of a love one I know ask former Governor Rick Scott about his 316 deaths which had a lot of problems ph he’s not a Governor any more he moved on to Senator but what do you say for the 316 dead in one year in his corrupt system funny how is asking for money well the 316 family’s are still paying for there funeral maybe he would send them some money don’t hold your breath no I’m not a democrat

  7. What about the victims of the crime that the prisoner committed, was he or she given the best treatment? As far as I am concerned they should be happy with what they have! Sorry but thats the way I feel about it!!

  8. If the inmate doesn’t like the conditions in jail, don’t commit the crime that got him put in jail. It’s JAIL, not the Holiday Inn

  9. They could have used tasers yet as always they elected to use deadly force. I’m not saying they were wrong considering the amount of complaints about the way the inmates are being forced to live in, they should have tried a different approach.

  10. Not sure what his crime was. Poor baby couldn’t take a shower. YOU ARE IN PRISON! If not showering is your biggest inconvenience while in jail, we need to toughen up out correction facilities. Obviously living there isn’t an incentive to change your criminal ways.

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