Officers Down, Schools on Lockdown After North Carolina Prison Break

Officers Down, Schools on Lockdown After North Carolina Prison Break

Two prison employees were killed and several others were injured during an attempted escape at the Pasquotank Correctional Institute Thursday afternoon, officials said.

Ultimately, no inmates escaped, authorities said.

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Three local schools located in the vicinity of the prison were put on a temporary lockdown which was later lifted when the situation was put under control by members of the Prison Emergency Team who came from other facilities, to assist their colleagues.

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The Pasquotank County Sheriff's Department, along with the State Bureau of Investigation, are investigating the incident. In February an inmate was caught with marijuana while in April a prisoner was stabbed multiple times - he did survive his injuries. Fires set in prison sewing plant. "The DPS family is devastated by the tragic events that took place at Pasquotank Correctional Institution", Public Safety Secretary Erik Hooks said in a statement. Several of the injured are employees. Seven prison employees were treated and released from Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City. Peter J. Sengenberger, a spokesman for Sentara, said information on their conditions would not be released until Friday.

In response to the incident, three nearby schools, Northside Elementary, Elizabeth City Middle School and Pasquotank County High School, have been placed on lockdown per instruction from Emergency Management.

The statement further added that students who were heading home in school buses were brought back to their respective institutions, to avoid them being home alone, in case the prison-break had succeeded.