Staff evacuate portion of NC correctional facility following disturbance

Image Credit: WRAL
Image Credit: WRAL

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP/WAVY) — Authorities say two people were injured Sunday evening during a disturbance at the Neuse Correctional Institution in Goldsboro, North Carolina.

Correctional staff evacuated a portion of the facility Monday morning following the Sunday’s disturbance. A small group of inmates started the disturbance around 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Communications director for the N.C. Department of Public Safety Pamela Walker told media that inmates started at least two fires during the nearly two hour incident. The inmates also broke windows and damaged four dorms.

Walker said the scene was under control by around 9 p.m. and that all inmates were back in cells. One corrections staff member and one inmate were treated and released from a local hospital.

Officials in a news release Monday morning stated that 500 inmates were transferred to other prisons due to damage in some sections of the facility. Nearly 300 inmates remained at the facility.

The prison is located about 55 miles southeast of Raleigh.

In addition to the sheriff’s office, Goldsboro police, Highway Patrol and the Department of Public Safety responded to the scene.

Unaffected portions of the facility are resuming normal operations Monday. An investigation into the incident is underway.

The Associated Press Contributed to this report.