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NC prison employees dead after inmates' attempted escape

NC prison employees dead after inmates' attempted escape

Officials have identified two North Carolina prison employees who were killed when inmates at a sewing plant started a fire in an unsuccessful escape attempt Thursday.

An attempted prison-break by inmates at a state prison in #North Carolina left several employees injured on Thursday afternoon, but was thwarted by prison authorities, officials said.

Walker said several inmates set the fire in the prison's sewing plant about 3 p.m.

35-year-old Correctional Officer Justin Smith and 50-year-old Correction Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden were the two officers killed.

The Elizabeth City- Pasquotank Public Schools said several schools had been placed on lockdown.

Pasquotank Correctional Institution is a high-security prison for adult male inmates. Minimum-security prisoners work outside the walls on road gangs for the county recycling department and performing other community labor.

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"All inmates are accounted for", she said, adding, "We've done multiple counts".

"The DPS family is devastated by the tragic events that took place at Pasquotank Correctional Institution", North Carolina Public Safety Secretary Erik Hooks said in a statement. Fires set in prison sewing plant.

It wasn't immediately known how many employees were injured. Seven prison employees were treated and released from Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City. There was no immediate word on their conditions.

In response to the incident, three nearby schools, Northside Elementary, Elizabeth City Middle School and Pasquotank County High School, have been placed on lockdown per instruction from Emergency Management.

"Students on buses who had not arrived home already, were brought back to the schools due to the potential of inmates being in the area and students in transport".


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