May 2, 2006

Guard held hostage at Arizona prison

PHOENIX, Arizona (Reuters) - A female corrections officer
was being held hostage by a male inmate late Monday inside a
medium-security unit at a state prison in southern Arizona, a
prison official said.

Negotiations aimed at freeing the officer have been
on-going since the unidentified inmate took her hostage at
about 4:30 p.m. local time at the Santa Rita Unit, one of 10
units at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Tucson, said Bart
Graves, a prison spokesman. The complex is about 10 miles south
of Tucson, Arizona.

"We've been negotiating for quite a while," Graves said.
"We're doing everything we can to get her out safely."

He declined to say whether the hostage-taker was armed or
to release any other information.