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Delaware Prison Warden Put on Leave After Fatal Uprising

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Geoffrey Klopp, Correctional Officers Association head, speaks after uprising. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
 

By    |   Wednesday, 22 Feb 2017 07:38 AM

A Delaware prison warden has been placed on leave after an uprising three weeks ago in which inmates killed a corrections officer and took control of a building.

David Pierce, warden of the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, will be paid his $109,596 annual salary while on leave but Delaware Department of Correction officials didn't explain the move, reported the Wilmington News Journal.

The center's deputy warden, Phil Parker, will serve as acting warden in Pierce absence, said WDEL Radio. Pierce had served as deputy warden at the center near Smyrna, Delaware before he was elevated to warden in 2013.

Sgt. Steven Floyd, 47, was killed in the uprising that lasted about 18 hours, said WPVI-TV. The guards' union said Floyd was forced into a closet and killed by prisoners. Two other corrections officers held as hostages were both released.

The fourth hostage from the standoff, a female counselor, was rescued safely shortly after tactical teams forced their way into the all-male, 2,500-prisoner center.

Delaware Homeland Security secretary Robert Coupe said then that the center had been facing a staffing shortage, noting that statewide the department was down by 90 positions and using overtime to meet minimum requirements.

The uprising is current under investigation by the Delaware State Police and the state's Department of Correction, according to the News Journal. Officials have not talked about possible suspects or what led to the outbreak.

Coupe told the News Journal that all 120 men housed within Building C where the takeover happened in the Vaughn center were considered suspects. Attorney Thomas S. Neuberger, who is representing Floyd's family, said the officer's family was offended when Pierce did not attend his funeral services.

"They received this as a mark of disrespect to the deceased and his family, as well as to all the uniformed officers," Neuberger told the News Journal.

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