Pasquotank prison escape attempt leaves two guards dead

Employees injured in attempted prison break in Pasquotank Co.

Attempted prison escape in North Carolina leaves multiple employees injured

Around 3:30 p.m., an inmate set a fire in the sewing plant, which injured several employees, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety on Thursday night identified the fatalities as correctional officer Justin Smith, 35, who provided security in the Correction Enterprises Specialty Sewing Plant.

Inmates at the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in North Carolina started a fire on Thursday as part of an unsuccessful escape attempt, injuring 10 people.

Three prison employees remain in critical condition, while seven were treated and released.

Members of the Prison Emergency Response Team responded to Pasquotank Correctional Institution from other state prison facilities to assist the local prison staff.

The high-security prison has 896 male inmates, according to the Department of Public Safety.

The prison near the northeast North Carolina coast houses almost 900 adult, male felons in both high-security and minimum-custody buildings. Several employees injured. More info when available. Family of patients are being asked to avoid the Albemarle campus at this time. After school events and athletics have been cancelled.

Northside Elementary, Elizabeth City Middle School and Pasquotank County High School were all placed on lockdown.

Students were dismissed, but those who ride the bus were required to have a parent at home when the bus arrived.

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