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Pasquotank prison escape attempt leaves two guards dead

Pasquotank prison escape attempt leaves two guards dead

According to North Carolina Public Safety, fires were set in the prison sewing plant, where approximately 30 inmates work.

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".

None of the inmates managed to escape, the department of public safety said in a statement.

The prison is an all-male institution with 729 inmates.

Walker said the prison remains on lockdown as the Pasquotank Sheriff's Office and the State Bureau of Investigation begin a probe of Thursday's incident.

Prison workers did several counts after the fire and all 725 inmates were accounted for, Acree said. "They sew uniforms for state prison inmates ... mostly institutional uniforms".

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"Those who work in our prisons do a hard and demanding job that is critical to our safety", he said. Fires were set in the jail sewing plant and a few workers were harmed, as indicated by the tweet.

It wasn't immediately known how many employees were injured.

Although the department did not give details on the injured employees and their condition, an official of a nearby medical facility, Sentara Albemarle Medical Center (SAMC), said a total of nine patients had been received at the center.

In a separate statement, the Elizabeth City Pasquotank Public School District said that the three schools were put on lockdown following the advice of the Emergency Management.

"Students on buses who had not arrived home already, were brought back to the schools due to the potential of inmates being in the area and students in transport".

After school events and athletics at Northside, ECMS and PCHS have been cancelled.


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