Union: Guard taken hostage was left alone with Mansfield inmates

Union: Guard taken hostage was left alone with Mansfield inmates

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The union representing state prison guards says a female corrections officer was taken hostage by a male inmate after being left alone with other inmates in the library at a central Ohio prison.

Union leader and prison guard Doug Mosier says the hostage situation at Mansfield Correctional Institution developed Sunday when a second officer was pulled away for duties in the prison chapel.

Mosier said Monday that all activity in the library should have stopped when the second officer was pulled. He says an inmate saw an opportunity and took it.

The situation was resolved around 9 p.m. Sunday. The prison remains on lockdown. Mosier says the female corrections officer was an experienced guard.

A prisons spokeswoman says the agency remains committed to running secure prisons and keeping staff safe.

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction released the following statement:

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) confirmed a hostage situation yesterday, October 18, 2015 at the Mansfield Correctional Institution has come to a peaceful conclusion and the facility is secure.  The incident began at approximately 10:30 a.m. and involved one employee and one inmate.  Because of the collaborative work of the DRC staff and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the incident came to a safe ending at approximately 9:00 p.m.  The name of the employee and inmate are not being released by DRC at this time as the incident is actively under investigation. 

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