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Two NC Prison Employees Killed During Escape Attempt

The Department of Public Safety says two employees at Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City have been killed after inmates set a fire in an unsuccessful escape attempt.  The department has identified the victims as 35-year-old correctional officer Justin Smith and 50-year-old Veronica Darden.  

Both worked in the prison sewing plant, where inmates make safety vests and other items.  Inmates started the fire in the sewing plant around 3 p.m. yesterday.   DPS says the prison was put on lockdown and that none of the inmates were able to escape. The department says three prison employees remain hospitalized, seven other employees were treated and released, and four inmates were treated for injuries.   Pasquotank Correctional Institution houses nearly 900 adult, male felons in both high-security and minimum-custody buildings.

Marshall came to WFAE after graduating from Appalachian State University, where he worked at the campus radio station and earned a degree in communication. Outside of radio, he loves listening to music and going to see bands - preferably in small, dingy clubs.