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Emergency Call: ‘Mass Casualties’! 2 Killed Several Hospitalized After Attempted Prison Break in North Carolina (Video)

Thursday, October 12, 2017 16:49
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Two prison workers have died, with a further 14 people injured during an attempted prison break at the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City, North Carolina on Thursday.

Devastating that two have died, but thankfully it wasn’t worse: such as ‘mass casualties’ as the first call indicated!

‘Tragic’: Community reacts after 2 prison employees killed in thwarted escape

Source RT


Update: 6 p.m. EDT—At least 14 people were injured after an attempted escape from Pasquotank Correctional Institute in northeastern North Carolina, according to local media. 

Several inmates tried to escape the facility Thursday and started a number of fires inside the prison, Jerry Higgins, a spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety told WAVY News

Officials were still scouring the area around the prison. 

Update: 5:40 p.m. EDT—Officials were still scouring the area surrounding Pasquotank Correctional Institute in northeastern North Carolina after a fire was started during what officials say was an attempted escape. 

It’s unclear why officials were still searching. The state’s Department of Public Safety tweeted the incident was an “attempted escape.” 

Officials have not provided any updates on the severity of injuries or whether all inmates were indeed accounted for. 

Update: 5:25 p.m. EDT—The situation at Pasquotank Correctional Institute was “under control” after prisoners attempted to escape, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. 

Fires were started at about 3:30 p.m. but were extinguished. The prison was still on lockdown. 

The number of inmates at the facility Thursday was 729. 

Update: 5:15 p.m. EDT—Lock downs were lifted at schools surrounding Pasquotank Correctional Institute after inmates attempted an escape Thursday.

Video from outside the prison shows at least a dozen officers at the facility investigating the incident. 

Officials have not provided an update on the number of injuries or the severity. 

In April, an inmate was stabbed during a prison fight at the facility. The incident started with a fight on the basketball court. Later, the two inmates fought again and one of them pulled out a weapon, according to WTKR

Update: 5:00 p.m. EDT—At least six people were hospitalized at Pasquotank Correctional Institute after an attempted prison break, according to local media. 

The facility has a perimeter security fence set up with a built in “electronic intrusion detection system” that alerts guards to stop escape attempts, according to the prison’s website. 

The number of prison escapes isn’t easy to tally up.

The Washington Post reported in 2015 there were more than 2,000 escapes in one year. But, that number also includes everything from a high-profile escape to a prisoner walking away from a transitional program site, CNBC notes

Update: 4:30 p.m. EDT— Multiple schools were on lockdown Thursday afternoon in northeast North Carolina after an attempted prison break. 

Three schools in Elizabeth City weren’t allowing students to leave due to the incident and those on buses were brought back to schools. 

Fire crews were still working to put out the blaze started inside the all-male prison. 

The facility is a “high-security” prison with more than 400 employees. It’s comprised of four buildings. 

Inmates are allowed to work in the kitchen and have maintenance duties. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety said on Twitter the fire was started in the prison’s “sewing plant.” 

A spokesman for the state’s public safety department could not elaborate on how the fire was started or the number of injuries. 

Original story: Officials were responding Thursday to an attempted prison break at Pasquotank Correctional Institute in North Carolina, where multiple people had been injured. A fire was set inside the prison and several employees were injured, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.



NC Public Safety @NCPublicSafety

Attempted escape at Pasquotank CI in Elizabeth City. Fires set in prison sewing plant. Several employees injured. More info when available.

An official with the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were at the scene and working to figure out what happened.  “All we know is there were multiple people injured,” said the official, who declined to provide her name because she did not have permission to speak to the media. 

The facility is an all-male prison with nearly 900 inmates.  Source Newsweek

Several Hospitalized After Attempted Prison Break in North Carolina


At least nine people were injured during an attempted prison break in North Carolina on Thursday, officials said.

Fires were set in the sewing plant at Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City, the state Department of Public Safety said Thursday afternoon. The high-security prison has a capacity of 896 inmates and was housing 729 on Thursday, authorities said.


NC Public Safety @NCPublicSafety

Attempted escape at Pasquotank CI in Elizabeth City. Fires set in prison sewing plant. Several employees injured. More info when available.

“The fire and attempted escape happened in the sewing plant,” said Keith Acree, a spokesman with public safety department. “They sew uniforms for state prison inmates … mostly institutional uniforms.”

Acree said that the incident, which began around 3:30 p.m. ET, was over and that the facility has been brought under control later Thursday afternoon.

“The facility is locked down and under control,” he said. “The fires are extinguished.”

The department later tweeted that the prison was under lockdown and that the fires had been extinguished.

“Situation under control,” it said.

Nine patients were taken to Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, an official with Sentara Healthcare said. Two of those patients were being transferred to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital across the state line in Virginia. The Norfolk hospital was expecting five more patients, the Sentara Healthcare official said.

The official didn’t clarify whether the injured were prison employees, law enforcement or inmates, but the hospital said in a statement: “In the interest of safety, we ask family and friends of patients at SAMC and SNGH to please avoid both campuses in the interim.”

Image: Pasquotank Correctional Institute

Pasquotank Correctional Institute Google Maps

Three area schools were briefly placed on lockdown.

“Due to an incident that is taking place at the local jail north of town, Northside Elementary, Elizabeth City Middle School and Pasquotank County High School have been placed on lock down at the advice of Emergency Management,” the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public School district said in a statement.

“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,” the district said. “We also did not want the possibility of students being home alone with the potential of having inmates in the area.” Source NBC News

More than a dozen injured in attempted NC prison break


More than a dozen people – including a number of prison employees – have been injured during an attempted escape at Pasquotank Correctional Institution.

The attempted breakout from the prison in Elizabeth City involved fires set in the prison’s sewing plant at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said.

At least 14 people have been injured, according to a news release from Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, in Norfolk, Va.

One prison officer was hit with a hammer, according to news reports. 

A hospital spokesman said he does not yet know the conditions of any of those who were injured.

Members of the Prison Emergency Response Team, consisting of officers from other N.C. prisons, have responded to Pasquotank to assist, DPS officials said Thursday evening.

Elizabeth City is in Eastern North Carolina, about 50 miles south of Norfolk, Va., and near North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

The prison now houses about 730 adult, male felons in both high-security and minimum-custody buildings. Minimum-security prisoners work outside the walls on road gangs for the county recycling department and performing other community labor.

At Bertie Correctional Institution, about 60 miles to the southeast of Pasquotank, prison Sgt. Meggan Callahan was killed in April. Authorities say an inmate there set a fire in a trash can, then beat Callahan with the fire extinguisher that she had brought to douse the flames. Charlotte Observer


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