A prison inmate who allegedly took a guard hostage has been shot dead after a riot was live-streamed on social media.
Firearms officers killed the unnamed lag who reportedly stole the worker's keys and unleashed mayhem at a notorious US lockup.
The suspect freed convicts from their cells who started chanting and pounding on Oklahoma County jail's gates on Saturday.
A prisoner complained about the "horrendous" conditions inside in videos which were posted on Twitter and Facebook as the officer was being held.
The clips included footage of the officer being taunted by a dancing prisoner while on his knees.
The Oklahoman reported that the local sheriff office was called just before 4.30pm after the detention officer was taken hostage.
They called for backup from the police when they found an inmate had taken his radio and keys and freed other inmates from nearby cells.
Sheriff Tommie Johnson III said they tried to de-escalate the situation but police shot the inmate as he had the officer in a “hostage position” with something held against his neck.
The shooting took place on the 10th floor of the prison where it keeps its most dangerous inmates.
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Footage of the incident shows an inmate complaining of prison conditions while standing next to another person who appeared to be restrained, saying "we can't take showers".
The person recording could be heard complaining about its conditions, including a lack of showers, adding: “The water don’t work.
“The toilet’s backed up. This is what we’re dealing with.”
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Jail Administrator Greg Williams told a press conference that the guard, who later took himself to hospital, was attacked while medicine was being distributed.
Mr. Williams said he didn’t know if the hostage-taking had stemmed from the conditions reported in the videos.
He said: “We don’t know that.
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“I have not had an opportunity to talk to any of the inmates who were involved in this.
“That’s what I’m hearing, but again, that has not been established.”
Oklahoma City Police Chief Wade Gourley said his department would be overseeing the investigation into the shooting.
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He added: “I’m just glad the detention officer wasn’t more seriously hurt and we were able to get him out of there and protect him."
The Rev. T. Sheri Dickerson, leader of Black Lives Matter-Oklahoma City, said of the complaints raised in the video: “This is nothing new. “The inhumane conditions of the Oklahoma County jail are horrendous.”
The Rev became tearful outside the jail when a reporter told her that police had shot and killed one person.
She said: “They don’t respect the simple dignity of human beings when they stand up and say, ‘I am a person. I don’t deserve to be treated like this."
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