Jerry Higgins with the N.C. Department of Public Safety said in a press release correctional officer Wendy Shannon passed away Monday evening at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Virginia from injuries suffered during the inmate escape attempt.
Shannon, 49, started her career with the Department of Public Safety at Pasquotank Correction as a correctional officer 4 years ago. "Our deepest condolences go out to the Shannon family during this hard time".
A third prison employee has died from injuries suffered during an attempted prison break.
A third correctional officer injured in the October 12 inmate escape attempt at Pasquotank Correctional Institution has died. The four inmates have all been transferred to other prisons.
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According to the NCDPS, the prison continues to be on lockdown.
All four have been moved to Central Prison or Polk Correctional Institution in Butner for higher security. Darden and Smith died in the immediate after math of the fire. "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", Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement. It was the deadliest escape attempt in North Carolina prison history.
A report released by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in 2016 showed 845 inmates were charged with assaulting a corrections officer.
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