SMYRNA, Del. – Sgt. Steven Floyd, the guard held hostage by a mob of Delaware prison inmates, put his life on the line to save his fellow officers, shouting at them not to rescue him because his captors had set a trap, the head of the state corrections officers’ union said Thursday.

“Even in his last moments as the inmates attempted to take over the building, Sgt. Floyd told a couple of lieutenants to get out of the building,” union President Geoffrey Klopp said.

The 47-year-old Floyd was found dead early Thursday. Police used a backhoe to smash through a barricade of footlockers filled with water, which ended a nearly 20-hour hostage standoff at the all-male, 2,500-prisoner James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.

Tactical teams rescued a second hostage, a female counselor, minutes after they forced their way into the prison’s Building C, reported Fox News.


Floyd radioed for help Wednesday after inmates staged a fight and then turned on him, forcing him into a closet, Klopp said.

The inmates later released two hostages and got prison officials to turn the water on, saying they needed it for drinking and washing. Instead, they filled up the footlockers and built barricades.

Steven Floyd worked for the Delaware Department of Corrections as a prison guard for 16 years.

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