Trumbull County deputies have confirmed the hostage situation, which began at approximately 3:30pm EDT, but are not offering any details, according to WOIO-TV.
The inmates are David Martin, Richard Ware, and Kevin Johns, according to reports.
Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office Major Thomas Stewart said they are holding Officer Joe Lynn in a holding area. The inmates have covered the door of the room with sheets and tied them to the table so that should anyone try to enter, the sheets tighten, WKBN-TV reported.
Trumbull County Sheriff Thomas Altiere told WFMJ-TV that the inmates tackled and handcuffed the officer on the third floor of the jail.
Martin, from the Cleveland area, is facing a murder charge. Johns was recently convicted on rape and kidnapping charges. Ware is in jail on aggravated robbery charges. His pre-trial is set to begin on May 20, according to WKBN.
Some jail employees were evacuated from the facility, WKBN reported.
Martin called WOIO-TV and told a reporter that he had “nothing to lose” and wanted “his story told” according to the New York Daily News, although that information could not be immediately verified.
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