Fiery Escape Attempt at a North Carolina Prison Injures at Least 10


The two prison employees killed in an attempted escape from Pasquotank Correctional Institution on Thursday were a corrections officer and an employee of Corrections Enterprises, the prison industry that operates a sewing plant at the prison, a N.C. Public Safety spokeswoman said.

Three other prison employees injured in the incident are in critical condition at a hospital, Walker said.

Ultimately, no inmates escaped, authorities said.

Two prison workers were killed and many hurt in an attempted prison escape from Pasquotank Correctional Institution Thursday.

In a statement, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said: "Correctional Officer Justin Smith, 35, provided security in the Correction Enterprises Specialty Sewing Plant".

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

NCDPS said the prison 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. Minimum-security prisoners work outside the walls on road gangs for the county recycling department and perform other community labor.

Northside Elementary, Elizabeth City Middle School and Pasquotank County High School were placed on lockdown, which was lifted just before 5 p.m. If they did not, the bus driver took them back to the school. "We also did not want the possibility of students being home alone with the potential of having inmates in the area". Fires set in prison sewing plant.

There several other incidents reported this year in the prison.

Gov. Roy Cooper show his concern by his statement late Thursday.