Attempted prison break in NC: Fires sparked, 'several' workers hurt

Katrina Barker
October 15, 2017

Several inmates tried to escape after the fire was put out. She previously worked as a correctional officer. However, there are reports of at least three injuries with the possibility of two critical. Four inmates were also injured in the attempted prison break.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper offered his condolences for the deaths in a statement late Thursday.

In a news release, the state Department of Public Safety said Justin Smith, 35, and Veronica Darden, 50, were killed Thursday during the attempted breakout from Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City.

Buses on after school routes, with students on board, were ordered to turn back around and return to the schools, "due to the potential of inmates being in the area", the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools said on its Facebook page. "Words can not express our deep sorrow".

The prison houses 729 inmates, according to the department of public safety. The security fence around the facility has "a built-in electronic intrusion detection system" that "alerts armed correction officers". In April, an argument between two inmates at the prison led to one prisoner stabbing the other several times in the upper torso.

A spokesperson from the Sentara Albemarle Medical Center told WAVY the hospital has taken in six patients, but did not specify if they were all prison employees. Sentara asked that family of the injured avoid the campus.

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