Hostage situation ends at Trumbull County Jail

A hostage situation at the Trumbull County Jail ended with no one injured about 8:30 p.m., according to a department sergeant.

Around 3:30 p.m. a male corrections officer in his early 30s was taken hostage in a cell at the jail on High Street in Warren.

Officials say inmates tied the officer with bed sheets and later handcuffs.

Three inmates total were involved -- David Martin, Kevin Johns and Richard Ware, according to officials. They said the section of the jail where the incident occurred houses high-risk prisoners on lockdown.

They say the officer was making rounds when one inmate grabbed him from behind and another from the front. One of the inmates was armed with a homemade shank.

The three inmates demanded to be transferred to a different facility, and other county jails and state facilities are now offering to house them.

The jail plans to assess how the incident could have been prevented. They say the officer is now being debriefed.

According to WKYC's NBC affiliate in Youngstown, WFMJ, Martin, 29, of Cleveland, is awaiting trial for a 2012 murder in Warren and could face the death penalty.

Johns, 24, of Cincinnati was sentenced in Trumbull County Court this month to 28 years in prison for kidnapping two Warren woman and raping one of them.

Ware, 27, of Warren has been sentenced for robbery, aggravated robbery and drug offenses.


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