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EXCLUSIVE: Inmate calls 19 Action News during hostage situation, speaks with reporter

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19 Action news talked exclusively with the inmate and officer in the hostage situation. 19 Action news talked exclusively with the inmate and officer in the hostage situation.
Inmate David Martin called 19 Action News to tell his story. Inmate David Martin called 19 Action News to tell his story.
TRUMBULL COUNTY, OHIO -

19 Action news reporter Tiffani Tucker talked exclusively Wednesday with one of the inmates and the officer in the middle of the hostage situation at the Trumbull County jail.

Just after 3 p.m. the Assignment Desk got a call from the relative of inmate David Martin saying he was holding a corrections officer hostage.

A few minutes later Martin called the station himself and wanted to talk. The conversation lasted more than 15 minutes and ended with the hostage negotiator on the other line.

Martin said he was upset about a newspaper article that he claims made him look crazy. He told us he was calling on corrections officer Joe Lynn's cellphone who he was holding hostage in his jail cell. 

"I don't want to be in the county jail. It's a matter of time before one of those guys snaps at (inaudible). So I just took control and I want to control what I want to do," Martin said. 

Martin grabbed the corrections officer while he was making the rounds, put him in a choke-hold, held a homemade knife to his neck before he handcuffed him.

We also talked to the corrections officer being held hostage.

"They took me by surprise, brought me into a cell tied me up. Never harmed me. They gave me water. They loosened the restraints and put me into some cuffs," said Officer Lynn.

"The C. O. who I got now, he's willing to take a polygraph test to tell the news media and to prove to the courts outside of my case that I never made that threat that they had me in the newspaper. Making me look bad in my case. It's bad enough I'm facing the death penalty,"  Martin said.

We asked Martin to let Officer Lynn go safely. 

"I can't get talked down. I need the story to get out there. I have nothing to lose. I'm in a situation where I'm calm as of now," Martin added. 

Martin told us he had nothing to lose and wanted to make it clear that he is innocent and his character was wrongly portrayed.

As for the officer, he said he was not harmed. However one can clearly imagine how tense the situation was.

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