Oklahoma jail inmate, who took correctional officer hostage and went live on Facebook, was fatally shot dead
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA: An Oklahoma inmate made waves across the Internet after he took Correctional Officer Daniel Misquez hostage and then began steaming videos on Facebook Live with his phone.
Authorities were forced to shoot and kill the inmate in order to rescue the detention officer. That said, some of the videos from inside the Oklahoma County Detention Center may be graphic and disturbing.
Police revealed in a press conference that the inmate had taken the officer's phone and begun streaming live on Facebook. According to KOCO, the officer had opened the door of the inmate's cell to give him medication, but he took the officer hostage instead.
The inmate, whose name has not been released, was eventually shot and killed. Meanwhile, Officer Misquez was rushed to hospital, albeit his condition is not clear. Greg Williams, of the Oklahoma County Detention Center, however, said the officer "walked out on his own accord" and is "going to be fine".
Williams told the news conference that 37 inmates are housed on the 10th floor where the hostage situation took place. It was later confirmed that the videos were streamed live on the Facebook page of Daniel Misquez, which has since been taken down. Authorities said gas was deployed during the rescue operation.
Inmate is heard saying “we can’t take showers.” pic.twitter.com/jGOxcSrNH0— Jessica Bruno (@JbrunoKFOR) March 27, 2021
Williams said in the press conference that an officer was “overrun by at least one inmate and taken hostage" around 4 pm on March 27, 2021. The inmate took his radio and keys, and used them to free other inmates on that pod.
Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommy Johnson III said a hostage situation ensued before the department requested assistance from Oklahoma City Police. “They go and identify the suspect. They try to deescalate. The inmate has the detention officer in a hostage position and something held to his neck. Shots were fired, and lethal force was taken, and the suspect was shot on scene. We were able to get the detention officer out safely," Sheriff Johnson explained.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma City Police Chief Wade Gourley said he only had preliminary information on the hostage situation. “We went in with county deputies to try to help them resolve the situation," he said. "I’m just glad the detention officer wasn’t more seriously hurt and that we were able to get him out of there and protect him."
In another clip, inmates are swinging what appears to be Misquez’s keys and yelling at more officers below. ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/0UmK28hsxo— Jessica Bruno (@JbrunoKFOR) March 27, 2021
Another clip shows Misquez lying on the ground. He appears to be okay.— Jessica Bruno (@JbrunoKFOR) March 27, 2021
Still waiting on the latest update from authorities. pic.twitter.com/mopCvwDXGV
According to Gourley, there were “several people involved” in the hostage situation. When asked whether the situation arose from alleged living conditions in the jail, authorities said that "has not been established" as they are yet to talk to the inmates involved.
Protests erupted outside the detention center claiming that poor living conditions had sparked the crisis.
Local activists say weapons were pointed at them during protest outside the Oklahoma County Jail tonight.— Jessica Bruno (@JbrunoKFOR) March 28, 2021
Appears to be a non-lethal firearm, from what I can tell. ⤵️ https://t.co/CkLQBevZ0T
“Local activists say weapons were pointed at them during a protest outside the Oklahoma County Jail tonight. Appears to be a non-lethal firearm, from what I can tell,” KFOR-TV anchor Jessica Bruno wrote on Twitter. “Peaceful protest happening right now outside the Oklahoma County Jail following this evening’s hostage situation leading to the shooting death of an inmate," she added.