Elizabeth City, NC – A fourth prison employee who was injured during the October 12 attempted escape at Pasquotank Correctional Institution has died.
Geoffrey Howe, age 31, was a maintenance mechanic for the prison. He died on Thursday at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, according to WTKR.
“Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the Howe family,” said North Carolina Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks.
“This tragedy has horribly impacted the lives of four families as well as co-workers and friends,” Hooks said.
Correctional Officer Justin Smith and Correction Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden were murdered by inmates in the attempted escape, and fourteen others were injured.
Correctional Officer Wendy Shannon was injured during the incident and died on Monday, Oct. 30, according to WNCN.
Howe had been employed by the prison for just over a year.
Initially, four inmates were charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
On Tuesday, they were charged with a third count of first-degree murder for the death of Officer Shannon.
More charges are expected for the four inmates. Wisezah Buckman, Seth J. Frasier, Mikel Brady, and Jonathan M. Monk used hammers and scissors in the attack on the correctional officers and prison employees.
All four inmates have been transferred to other prisons, and the prison itself remains on lockdown.
In a statement, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said:
“Geoffrey Howe was a valued member of his community and his workplace and he will be greatly missed.
We send our heartfelt sympathies to his loved ones and wish for them comfort during this difficult time.
We owe it to Geoffrey and his fallen coworkers to do all we can to keep an attack like the one that claimed their lives from ever happening inside our prisons again, and that’s what I’ve directed prison leaders to do.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Geoffrey Howe.