A North Carolina prison went into a state of emergency today after two inmates attempted a spectacular escape that triggered a violent riot.
The maximum-security Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City, NC was under siege when at least four inmates enacted a scheme that started with a fire.
The prison has a sewing plant, where convicts helped manufacture uniforms used by the state government. The escape plan called for a fire in the sewing room to serve as a diversion.
From there things got even uglier, as inmates attacked guards with hammers and homemade knives. At least ten officers suffered major injuries, and were rushed to local hospitals.
But the plot was ultimately a failure, as no inmates escaped. A thorough search of the surrounding woods, and a triple headcount ensured that no one went unaccounted for.
Justin Smith, a 35-year-old prison guard, and vocational worker Veronica Darden, 50, were both killed in the rioting.
An investigation is underway to determine exactly what happened and who masterminded this ill-fated jailbreak.