Inmates hold correctional officer from Morgan hostage inside Newport prison

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NEWPORT — A correctional officer was taken hostage by two inmates inside the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport on Thursday afternoon.

At 1:00 p.m. authorities responded to the Northern State Correctional Facility after being notified that a correctional officer, identified as Malcolm Brown, 51, of Morgan, had been taken hostage by two inmates inside the facility and was being held against his will inside one of the rooms in one of the units.

Police say one of the inmates was armed with a bladed object.

Local law enforcement agencies worked together to secure the facilities exterior perimeter, while facility staff inside handled the situation through negotiations.

After approximately two hours of negotiating, Brown was released unharmed and the two inmates were taken into custody by correctional staff without further incident.

The Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation are conducting the criminal investigation, which is ongoing.

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