Gov. Cooper Shares Statement on Passing of Pasquotank Correctional Officer Wendy Shannon

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RALEIGH -- Press Release NC Gov Roy Cooper 



October 30, 2017


"I'm deeply saddened that this brutal attack has taken the life of Correctional Officer Wendy Shannon who was doing her job protecting the public. Our hearts go out to the victim, her family, friends and coworkers. Prisons and their employees help keep our communities safe, and I've directed state prison officials to take the necessary steps to improve prison safety."



Below are original press releases from Pasquotank Correctional Institution 

Two employees killed in escape attempt at Pasquotank Correctional Institution

Oct 12, 2017

Two prison employees were killed and several others injured in an incident this afternoon at Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City.

Around 3 p.m., inmates started a fire in the prison's specialty sewing plant, where about 30 inmates work for Correction Enterprises producing embroidered logo items, safety vests and other sewn items. The fire was extinguished. After the fire was set, several inmates attempted to escape but were not successful.

The prison is under control and locked down, with all inmates accounted for in multiple counts. Members of the Prison Emergency Response Team responded to Pasquotank CI from other state prison facilities and are assisting the local prison staff.

Pasquotank Correctional Institution currently houses 725 male inmates in close, medium and minimum custody.

The Pasquotank County Sheriff's Department, along with the State Bureau of Investigation, are investigating the incident

Elizabeth City

Oct 16, 2017
Pasquotank Correctional Institution remains on lockdown after prison staff stopped an inmate escape attempt on Oct. 12 that resulted in the deaths of two employees.

Correctional Officer Justin Smith and Correction Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden were killed by inmates in the escape attempt. Ten other prison employees were injured. Correctional Officer Wendy Shannon, Correctional Officer George Midgett and maintenance worker Geoffrey Howe remain at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for treatment for injuries suffered during the failed escape attempt.

Members of the Prison Emergency Response Team from other state prison facilities, along with other support staff, are providing assistance to the Pasquotank prison staff.

The Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office, along with the State Bureau of Investigation, continue to investigate the incident.

Pasquotank Correctional Institution currently houses approximately 720 male inmates in close, medium and minimum custody.




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