Employees injured in attempted prison break in Pasquotank Co

Employees injured in attempted prison break in Pasquotank Co.

Located in the Elizabeth City, North Carolina, the prisoners set fire to the prison's sewing plant to distract prison guards on the scene.

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

An attempted prison break in North Carolina has left several workers injured as fires broke out inside the facility. He had worked as a correctional officer since 2012. Correction Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden, 50, supervised inmates working in the Specialty Sewing Plant.

Officials say fires at the prison have been extinguished, and the situation is "under control". Four inmates were treated for injuries, the department said.

The Pasquotank Sheriff's Office said they got a call announcing a conceivable escape of detainees.

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 perform other community labor.

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. "We also did not want the possibility of students being home alone with the potential of having inmates in the area". In April, an argument between two inmates at the prison led to one prisoner stabbing the other several times in the upper torso.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper offered his condolences for the deaths in a statement late Thursday. "The DPS family is devastated by the tragic events that took place at Pasquotank Correctional Institution", Public Safety Secretary Erik Hooks said in a statement.

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