Smyrna – It is with sad hearts and heavy laden that The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) announces the demise of Sergeant Steven R. Floyd. Born November 11, 1969, Floyd was forty-seven years of age on the date of his passing; February 2, 2017. Notwithstanding the hostage situation which occurred at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center; Sergeant Floyd remained steadfast and never wavered in his duties as a sworn law enforcement Officer.
Floyd has been employed with the DOC for over 16 years all of which was served at the Vaughn Correctional Center, formerly the Delaware Correctional Center. He began his career in May of 2000 as a Correctional Officer, subsequently promoting to the rank of Sergeant in 2002.
Sergeant Floyd was a dedicated officer as demonstrated via the following accolades: perfect attendance (2004 & 2005) and receipt of the facility’s Warden’s Award (2016) for Outstanding Performance. . Notwithstanding the hostage situation which occurred at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center; Sergeant Floyd remained steadfast and never wavered in his duties as a sworn law enforcement Officer.
Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna – The Department of Correction Response Teams and the Delaware State Police continue to investigate a hostage situation at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna.
At 5:06 a.m., Delaware State Police breached the C Building. One of the hostages who is a DOC employee was safely rescued and is being examined at a local hospital. She is alert and talking. The remaining hostage, also a DOC employee, was found unresponsive upon entry. He was pronounced dead at 5:29 a.m.
Building C is secured.
The Department of Correction continues to operate under emergency procedures.
Governor Carney, Secretary Coupe, and Commissioner Phelps will host a press conference at 10:30 a.m. at Delaware State Police Troop 2 in Glasgow.
Governor Carney released the following statement today on the fallen correctional officer from James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.
“I’m praying hard for the fallen officer’s family. This serves as a tragic reminder that members of law enforcement risk their lives every day on behalf of the people of Delaware. We will stand by the fallen officer’s family and fellow law enforcement officers during what is an extremely difficult time.
This was a long and agonizing situation. I want to thank all those involved in responding, including officers at the Department of Correction and the Delaware State Police, as well as our federal partners. Our priority now will be to determine what happened and how this happened. We will hold accountable anyone who was responsible. And we will make whatever changes are necessary to ensure nothing like it ever happens again.”