Attempted NC prison break leaves several employees injured

14 October, 2017, 00:35 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Employees injured in attempted prison break in Pasquotank Co.

The incident occurred at the Pasquotank Correctional Institute in Elizabeth City, where fires were set in the prison's sewing plant, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said in a tweet Thursday afternoon.

As of Thursday evening, seven patients were at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, located near the prison in Elizabeth City, N.C., and three had been transferred to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, across the Virginia border.

The Pasquotank Correctional Institution, a high-security prison for men, had 729 inmates on Thursday, according to the Department of Public Safety.

An attempted prison-break by inmates at a state prison in #North Carolina left several employees injured on Thursday afternoon, but was thwarted by prison authorities, officials said.

"It was chaos here", the Virginian-Pilot cited Randy Cartwright, Pasquotank County Sheriff, saying.

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Pasquotank Correctional Institution is a high-security prison for adult male inmates. The prison is now under control and locked down, with all inmates accounted for in multiple counts.

Members of the prison emergency response team have arrived from other state prison facilities and are assisting the staff at Pasquotank Correctional Institution, Walker said. Local emergency management officials said about 5 p.m.it was again safe for students to return home. In his statement, Cooper said, "Those who work in our prisons do a hard and demanding job that is critical to our safety".

In a statement, the hospital asked family and friends of the patients in the two hospitals; SAMC and SNGH, to avoid 'both campuses' temporarily.

According to WVEC, multiple nearby schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution during the attempted escape. After school events and athletics have been cancelled.

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