Update: Corrections officer Released. Hostage situation at Kenora Jail in Northwestern Ontario.

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Kenora Jail was placed under lock down with police, fire and Northwest EMS on the scene early Friday afternoon. The lockdown occurred at approx. 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.

Update: Corrections Officer released -5:47 pm.

The following statement was received from Greg Flood, Ministry of Corrections spokesperson.

“The ministry can confirm that the Correctional Officer that was taken hostage at the Kenora Jail has been released and taken to hospital for assessment.

Our thoughts are with the officer and his family during this difficult time.

We want to thank all the front line staff at the Kenora jail that worked to secure the release of the correctional officer.

We also want to thank local first responders that attended the facility to assist.”

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Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services spokesman Greg Flood confirmed with Superior Media by phone that a Correctional Officer (CO) has been taken hostage by inmates at the Kenora Jail, Friday, Sept. 14.

“Our thoughts are with the Correctional Officer that has been taking hostage and our focus is to find a peaceful resolution to the situation,” he said in a statement. “

The ministry has mobilized its Institutional Crisis Intervention Teams to respond to the matter and negotiators have been deployed to the Kenora jail.”

“Our top priority is the safety of staff and we remain committed to finding a peaceful resolution to the situation,” he said. “There is no threat to community safety and the situation is contained within the secure part of the Kenora Jail.”

Superior Media will share updates as they become available.

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