Attempted prison escape in North Carolina leaves multiple employees injured

Violet Powell
October 14, 2017

Two prison employees were killed and several others injured in an incident Thursday afternoon at Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City.

As of Thursday evening, seven patients were at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, located near the prison in Elizabeth City, N.C., and three had been transferred to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, across the Virginia border.

Several employees were injured, another tweet said, promising more information as it became available.

Fires set in prison sewing plant.

Elizabeth City Pasquotank Public Schools posted on Facebook at 4:40 p.m. that the lock down was lifted.

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Walker said the prison remains on lockdown as the Pasquotank Sheriff's Office and the State Bureau of Investigation begin a probe of Thursday's incident. In such case, an argument between two inmates turned into a stabbing attack in which one prisoner stabbed the other multiple times in the upper torso.

Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks released a statement Thursday that said in part "Our deepest sympathies go out to the families and co-workers of the employees who lost their lives in service to the State".

The prison now houses 725 male inmates in close, medium and minimum custody.

Members of the Prison Emergency Response Team responded to Pasquotank Correctional Institution from other state prison facilities and are assisting the local prison staff. Fires set in prison sewing plant. There was no immediate word on their conditions. After school events and athletics have been cancelled.

The statement further added that students who were heading home in school buses were brought back to their respective institutions, to avoid them being home alone, in case the prison-break had succeeded.

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