Officers killed, schools on lockdown after North Carolina prison break
According to reports, a failed escape in North Carolina's Pasquotank Correctional Institution left several officers injured, APA reports quoting CNN.
Located in the Elizabeth City, North Carolina, the prisoners set fire to the prison's sewing plant to distract prison guards on the scene. The incident was first reported at around 3:30 p.m. when an alert was sent out via the state's public safety Twitter account.
One officer was reportedly struck with a hammer, while three others were sent to a nearby hospital. Of the three, one is said to be an unresponsive female officer and the two others are males between 40 and 50 years of age. Officials later confirmed to local media that at least six people were sent to the Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City.
"It was chaos here," the Virginian-Pilot cited Randy Cartwright, Pasquotank County Sheriff, saying. "We're just getting things under control."
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.
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