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2 prison employees killed, several injured after NC prison attempted escape

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Two people are dead and several more were injured during an attempted escape at Pasquotank County Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City.

Justin Smith, 35, was one of those victims. He provided security to the sewing plant at the Pasquotank County Correctional Institution.

The other victim is the manager who supervised the sewing plant, Veronica Darden, 50.

The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. A spokesperson with Sentara Healthcare told local media that 10 people were transported to the hospital. Several of the injured are employees. The Pasquotank sheriff confirmed two prison employees were killed.

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety says fires were set in a prison sewing plant in the attempted escape.

Four hours after the incident was first reported, the prison was still locked down, but the situation was "under control" and no inmates have escaped.

The Pasquotank Correctional Institution, according to its website, is a high-security prison for men. It has "a perimeter security fence with a built-in electronic intrusion detection system" that alerts officers to escape attempts.

As of 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, the prison said all 792 inmates had been accounted for.

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

Four prisoners were also injured, but are expected to be okay.

The website says the prison has four buildings and has areas for inmate housing, a visiting area, recreation area, a dining hall, a warehouse, classrooms, medical offices and administrative offices.




Thursday afternoon's incident also caused three schools in the area to go on lockdown in the area for about an hour. 

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

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