Third prison worker dies from injuries in Pasquotank Prison attack

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
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Wendy Shannon was 49. She was the third prison worker to die from injuries sustained on October 12.

ELIZABETH CITY, North Carolina (WTVD) -- Correctional Officer Wendy Shannon, 49, passed away Monday evening at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital from injuries suffered during an inmate escape attempt Oct. 12 at Pasquotank Correctional Institution.

"Our hearts are broken at the passing of Officer Shannon," said Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks. "Our deepest condolences go out to the Shannon family during this difficult time."

Shannon began her Department of Public Safety career at Pasquotank CI on October 21, 2013, as a correctional officer, the Department of Public Safety said.

Wendy Shannon

Shannon is the third person to die from injuries suffered on October 12.

Correctional Officer Justin Smith and Correction Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden died from injuries received during the incident. Four inmates were charged with first-degree murder in connection with the violent escape attempt.

The prison continues to be on lockdown. Members of the Prison Emergency Response Team from other state prison facilities continue to assist the local prison staff.