ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WNCN) – A third prison employee has died following the Oct. 12 attempted escape at Pasquotank Correction Insititution, officials confirmed.
Correctional Officer Wendy Shannon, 49, died Monday evening at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital from injuries suffered during the incident.
“Our hearts are broken at the passing of Officer Shannon,” said Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks. “Our deepest condolences go out to the Shannon family during this difficult time.”
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper sent the following statement: "I'm deeply saddened that this brutal attack has taken the life of Correctional Officer Wendy Shannon who was doing her job protecting the public. Our hearts go out to the victim, her family, friends and coworkers. Prisons and their employees help keep our communities safe, and I've directed state prison officials to take the necessary steps to improve prison safety."
Shannon, 49, began her Department of Public Safety career at Pasquotank on Oct. 21, 2013 as a correctional officer.
Shannon is the third prison employee to die following the attack.
Justin Smith, a 35-year-old correctional officer and Veronica Darden, a 50-year-old correction enterprises manager, died and several others were injured, after inmates started a fire at the prison’s sewing plant. Several inmates attempted to escape following the fire, but officials said no inmates left the prison yard.
Officials charged Wisezah Buckman, Seth J. Frasier, Mikel Brady and Jonathan M. Monk each with two counts of first-degree murder. The four inmates have all been transferred to other prisons.
The prison continues to be on lockdown.
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