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500 inmates evacuated from Neuse Correctional Institution after 2 injured

Posted October 23
Updated October 24

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— Two people were injured during a Sunday night incident at the Neuse Correctional Institution, prompting officials to evacuate a portion of the facility Monday morning.

Due to damage inside some sections of the facility, approximately 500 inmates were transferred to other prisons across the state. 288 inmates remain at the facility.

Authorities said that one staff member was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries while an inmate who received non-life threatening injuries was treated and released.

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety said a disturbance was started by a small group of inmates at about 4:30 p.m. and inmates set two separate fires that had since been extinguished. The fires damaged parts of the prison's diagnostic building and a storage shed that held supplies. The inmates also broke windows and damaged four dorms.

The Prison Emergency Response team, Goldsboro Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff's Office, Johnston County Sheriff's Office, State Highway Patrol, and probation officers responded to the incident along with two SWAT teams and two K9 units. It took hours to get the situation under control, authorities said.

An investigation into the cause of the disturbance is underway and the prison will remain on lockdown until further notice, authorities said.

Tom Effler with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said that the public is not in danger.

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  • Kris Dawn Oct 24, 1:30 p.m.
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    LOL!! You are kidding? I cannot get over how sloppy these articles are getting - it is so out of control.

    NCSHP - yeah I can see where they would think it was Wake County HP. Hilarious.

  • Amanda Jones Oct 24, 7:12 a.m.
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    Kenneth, you should have seen the 1st release! It was like Dick and Jane books. Apparently we now have a Wake Co Highway Patrol. When I called to advise them it was NC last night, they advised me I was wrong 'because HP was in Raleigh so it is Wake County HP'. Whoa...accuracy before speed in press releases please.

  • Kenneth Jones Oct 23, 11:42 p.m.
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    It's called the Department of Public Safety. Must have kids writing these stories.....