Records: Guard Took Gun Into Allred Unit

A woman is facing charges - accused of taking a gun to the Allred Unit. Court Records show Delores Hajj was arrested at the prison in Western Wichita County. Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesperson Michelle Lyons says that Hajj is a Correctional Officer. Lyons says that Hajj was reporting for duty when a scanner detected the gun - something that is not allowed. "Correctional officers do not have firearms. There are no firearms allowed in Texas prisons and that includes by law enforcement it is completely not allowed to enter the facility," said Lyons.

The probable cause affidavit says just after 6 AM on Jan 2nd, Delores Hajj entered the expansion cell block officers entrance. When she was searched, a .22 caliber Beretta handgun was found in her jacket. At that point she was arrested and taken to the Wichita County Jail by Wichita County deputies.

According to Lyons, the whole incident may be an accident. "Ms. Hajj claims that it was an accident. She has the gun because she has been having problems with some sort of animals at her residence or on her property and that she had simply forgotten to remove it from her jacket," she said.

Right now Hajj is under investigation by the TDCJ Office of the Inspector General. "The OIC has to look at the case and determine if that was what occurred," said Lyons.

Newschannel 6 will continue to follow the investigation, to dig into it yourself, you can view the probable cause affidavit.

Paul Harrop Newschannel 6