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Correctional Officer Justin Smith | North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Division of Prisons, North Carolina North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Division of Prisons, North Carolina

Correctional Officer

Justin Smith

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

End of Watch: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Arson

Offender: In custody

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Correctional Officer Justin Smith and Correction Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden were killed during an escape attempt from the Pasquotank Correctional Institute at approximately 3:00 pm.

Several inmates ignited a fire inside the prison's Specialty Sewing Plant as a diversion. Prison personnel and responding fire department crews were able to bring the fire under control and prevent the escape.

Officer Smith and Correction Manager Darden succumbed to injuries sustained during the incident. Three other corrections officers were flown to hospitals in Virginia in critical condition.

Officer Smith had served with the North Carolina Division of Prisons for five years.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Director Kenneth Lassiter (c/o Scott Bauer, Liaison Officer)
North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Division of Prisons
831 West Morgan Street
4260 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699

Phone: (919) 838-4000

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Correction Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden
North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Division of Prisons, North Carolina
End of Watch: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Cause: Assault

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