Correction Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden

Correction Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden

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

End of Watch Thursday, October 12, 2017

Veronica Darden

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

On October 12th, 2017, several inmates ignited a fire inside the prison's Specialty Sewing Plant as a diversion. The inmates then attacked responding corrections officers with hammers and scissors obtained in the sewing plant. Prison personnel and responding fire department crews were able to bring the fire under control and prevent the escape.

Officer Shannon was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where she passed away on October 30th, 2017.

Four inmates were charged with first degree murder as a result of the incident. The Pasquotank district attorney said he would be seeking the death penalty against all four.

Correction Manager Darden had served with the North Carolina Division of Prisons for 10 years.

Bio

  • Age 50
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Charged with murder

arson, escape attempt

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