NC Prison Remains On Lockdown After 2 Workers Killed in Attempted Escape

Several prison employees were hurt during an attempted escape from Pasquotank Correctional Institution on October 12, 2017.

Elizabeth City, N.C. – Pasquotank Correctional Institution remains on lockdown after an attempted inmate escape on Thursday, October 12 that resulted in the deaths of two employees.

The victims were identified as Justin Smith, Correctional Officer, and Veronica Darden, Correction Enterprises Manager, who were killed by inmates in the escape attempt.

Ten other employees were injured, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Correctional Officer Wendy Shannon, Correctional Officer George Midgett and maintenance worker Geoffrey Howe remain at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for treatment for injuries suffered during the failed escape attempt.

Members of the Prison Emergency Response Team from other state prison facilities, along with other support staff, are providing assistance to the Pasquotank prison staff.

The incident is still under investigation by the Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office along with the State Bureau of Investigation.

According to NCDPS, Pasquotank Correctional Institution currently houses approximately 720 male inmates in close, medium and minimum custody.

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