Camp Superintendent H. Carl Keith

Camp Superintendent H. Carl Keith

North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Division of Prisons, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, May 25, 1945

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H. Carl Keith

Camp Superintendent Carl Keith was shot and killed during an escape attempt by nine inmates from the State Prison Highway Construction Camp in Yancey County.

Three inmates escaped before a guard at the camp was able to retrieve Superintendent Keith's pistol from his pocket and prevented six others from escaping.

Two of the three escapees were captured and charged with first-degree murder. The third escapee, suspected of being the shooter, was killed in a gun battle near Asheville.

Superintendent Keith was survived by his wife.


  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 25, 2015

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