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September 25, 2006
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Pa. guards kill inmate during hostage-taking attempt

The Associated Press

EBENSBURG, Pa.- An inmate at a Pennsylvania prison was fatally shot by guards during a hostage-taking attempt, state police said Saturday.

Torone Dixon, 25, was shot Friday night by the Cambria County prison's emergency response team when he tried to use a homemade knife on a guard he had taken hostage, prison officials said. Dixon was pronounced dead later at a hospital.

The prison was locked down after Dixon assaulted guard Ross Morelli, 23, and took him hostage, according to corrections officials. The prison's emergency response team entered the housing unit about two hours after the incident began. Authorities said they shot Dixon when they could not subdue him with non-lethal force.

Another inmate was also injured, but officials did not say how.

Dixon was scheduled to be tried in January on homicide charges stemming from an April 27 slaying, officials said.

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