Two North Carolina Prison Employees Killed in Escape Attempt
Date:  10-13-2017

Three prison employees hospitalized in critical condition; seven prison employees and four people who are incarcerated also injured
From The New York Times:

Three prison employees remained hospitalized in critical condition early Friday, and seven others were treated and released, the Department of Public Safety said in a news release. Four inmates were treated for injuries.

Two prison employees were killed and 14 other people injured on Thursday when inmates at the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in North Carolina tried to escape, officials said.

The escape attempt began around 3:30 p.m., the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said, when inmates set fire to the prison’s sewing plant. It was unclear Thursday evening whether the deaths and injuries were from the fire or from other causes, but emergency workers reported over a police scanner that at least one officer had been “struck multiple times with a hammer,” according to The Charlotte Observer.

The Department of Public Safety said the two employees who were killed were Justin Smith, 35, a guard in the prison’s sewing plant; and Veronica Darden, 50, who supervised inmates working in the plant. Continue reading