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Autopsy calls correctional officer's death "homicide by trauma"

Delaware Public Media

State officials have released a cause of death for the correctional officer killed during a standoff at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center earlier this week.

The Delaware Division of Forensic Science completed its autopsy of Sgt. Steven Floyd Friday and are calling his death a homicide by trauma.

Delaware State Police say no further information regarding the autopsy will be released in order to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation into the Sgt. Floyd’s death and the hostage standoff at the Smyrna prison.

State Police said earlier Friday that they expect the investigation to be “lengthy and arduous,” involving hundreds of interviews and collection and examination of “countless pieces of physical and video evidence.”

Late Friday night,  they announced they cleared the crime scene and turned Building "C" back over to the Delaware Department of Correction.

Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for three decades. He joined Delaware Public Media in 2010 as our first news director and has guided the news team ever since. When he's not covering the news, he can be found reading history or pursuing his love of all things athletic.
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