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Key events in the prison hostage situation

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Posted: Monday, January 26, 2004 12:35 pm | Updated: 4:52 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

A breakdown of the events in the prison hostage situation at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Lewis:

SUNDAY, Jan. 18

Inmate overpowers two guards and a kitchen worker during breakfast preparation around 5 a.m. That inmate and another get into the prison yard and into the yard's watch tower. They overpower the two correctional officers in the tower. One is hurt in the scuffle but apparently not seriously.

Entire prison complex locked down.

Negotiation teams and officers from Department of Corrections and other agencies initiate talks with inmates.

MONDAY, Jan. 19

Negotiators speak overnight to hostages for first time and are told they are not seriously hurt.

Inmates receive coffee and water.

TUESDAY, Jan. 20

Negotiators allowed to see correctional officers, who appear to be OK.


One inmate sets off gas canister that lands in prison yard. No one is injured.

Corrections officials don't respond.

Hostages tell negotiators again that they are all right.


One inmate seen walking on the observation deck of the three-story tower.

Each of the hostages walk up to the deck on their own.

Negotiators allowed to speak with hostages, who say they are all right.

Inmates given lunch.

FRIDAY, Jan. 23

Inmate climbs to deck three times. Twice he pulls up coolers, though officials decline to say what coolers contain.

Negotiators allowed to talk to hostages.

Inmates given hoagie sandwiches and soda.


Inmate wearing correctional officer's jacket seen walking on the deck.

Male correctional officer released, climbs down tower using ladder held by one inmate.

Negotiators speak with remaining hostage.

SUNDAY, Jan. 25

Female correctional officer, the sole remaining hostage, tells negotiators sheÕs OK.

MONDAY, Jan. 26

Inmate seen walking on the roof of the tower.

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