Elizabeth City, NC - Pasquotank Correctional Officer Wendy Shannon, age 49, died on Monday afternoon, October 30, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital from injuries she received during an attempted escape at the Pasquotank Correctional Institution.
Correctional Officer Shannon was among the 14 injured during the attempted escape, which occurred on October 12, according to WTKR .
Correctional Officer Justin Smith and Correction Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden were murdered by inmates on the day of the attempted escape and uprising.
During the incident, inmates set fires in the prison's sewing facility, and assaulted the correctional officers and prison employees with scissors and hammers.
Over 200 police officers responded to the prison to restore order, and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NC DPS) said on Monday that the prison was still under lockdown.
Four inmates, Mikel Brady, Wisezah Buckman, Jonathan Monk, and Seth Frazier, have been charged with murder in the deaths of Correctional Officer Smith and Manager Darden. Additional charges are expected.
Erik A. Hooks, NC DPS Secretary, said, "Our hearts are broken at the passing of Officer Shannon."
"Our deepest condolences go out to the Shannon family during this difficult time.”
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said, “I’m deeply saddened that this brutal attack has taken the life of Correctional Officer Wendy Shannon, who was doing her job protecting the public. Our hearts go out to the victim, her family, friends and coworkers."
“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."
Correctional Officer Shannon had served at the Pasquotank Correctional Institution since 2013.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Correctional Officer Wendy Shannon, both blood and blue. Godspeed, ma'am, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.
Correctional Officer Shannon, your life mattered.