Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Employees injured in attempted escape at Elizabeth City prison

Employees injured in attempted escape at Elizabeth City prison

An endeavored escape was accounted for Thursday evening at a northeastern North Carolina state jail.

The incident occurred at the Pasquotank Correctional Institute in Elizabeth City, where fires were set in the prison's sewing plant, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said in a tweet Thursday afternoon. Local emergency management officials said about 5 p.m.it was again safe for students to return home.

The Department of Public Safety said Pasquotank Correctional Institute can house about 900 close, medium and minium custody inmates.

Three nearby schools have been placed on lockdown. 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.


A spokesperson from the Sentara Albemarle Medical Center told WAVY the hospital has taken in six patients, but did not specify if they were all prison employees.

Jerry Higgins, communications officer for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, said he didn't know details about the employees' injuries, but that the situation is contained.

Elizabeth City fire crews and EMS have responded to the prison. As the lockdown liftedm school officials said students would be released but said a parent must be present at the home or students would be returned to the school.

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