Four prison employees were killed during an attempted escape at Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City, N.C.
Four prison employees were killed during an attempted escape at Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City, N.C.

Crime

Days after fatal prison attack, 3 workers still in hospital, no inmates charged

October 17, 2017 12:25 PM

UPDATED October 17, 2017 08:38 PM

Three prison employees remained hospitalized Monday evening, four days after a failed escape attempt in northeastern North Carolina that left two of their colleagues dead and seven others with less severe injuries.

Meanwhile, investigators still haven’t charged anyone in relation to what they have said was an attempted breakout at Pasquotank Correctional Institute near Elizabeth City, or the injuries and deaths that followed in its wake.

The prison remained on lockdown Monday.

A spokeswoman for the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Pam Walker, said prison mechanic Geoffrey Howe and two officers, Wendy Shannon and George Midgett, were still in the hospital Monday evening.

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But it’s unclear how they’re doing other than that. At the request of their families, Walker said, their statuses wouldn’t be made public.

Also shielded from the public eye is any information on how many prisoners may have participated in the escape attempt, or who the prisoners at the center of the incident were. Walker said it’s up to law enforcement, not DPS, to release that information.

The investigation is being led by the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office with help from the State Bureau of Investigation.

Sheriff Randy Cartwright said Tuesday that he planned to make an announcement Wednesday about the investigation, although he gave no further details.

According to previous reports law enforcement have released, inmates in the prison’s sewing plant tried to escape after starting a fire, at least one of them wielding a hammer as they tried to fight their way out.

Officer Justin Smith and sewing plant manager Veronica Darden died during the incident.