Two employees of North Carolina prison were killed while many injured in an unsuccessful escape attempt on Thursday, according to the authorities.
The incident took place when inmates at a sewing plant began a fire in order to escape from the prison. However, the authorities did not reveal the manner of prison employees death at the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City.
In a statement late Thursday, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said, three other employees who got injured in the incident remains admitted at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, all three employees are in critical condition.
The names of the dead employees have been released by the department, saying: “Correctional Officer Justin Smith, 35, provided security in the Correction Enterprises Specialty Sewing Plant. He had worked as a correctional officer since 2012. Correction Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden, 50, supervised inmates working in the Specialty Sewing Plant. She had been a Correction Enterprises employee since 2007 and previously worked as a correctional officer.”
The local emergency management officials said at around 5 PM, it was against the safety of students to go back home alone or “transport with the potential situation.” A spokeswoman for Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools, Tammy Sawyer said, “We didn’t want kids home alone or in transport with the potential situation that was unfolding.”
There several other incidents reported this year in the prison. 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. While in another case, a security guard was charged was charged with smuggling drugs in prison illegally, he tried to smuggle illegal drugs, cigarettes and phones behind the wall of the prison.
Gov. Roy Cooper show his concern by his statement late Thursday. In his statement, Cooper said, “Those who work in our prisons do a difficult and demanding job that is critical to our safety.”