Correctional Officer Edward Pounds North Carolina Department of Correction – Division of Prisons North Carolina End of Watch: Saturday, January 9, 2010

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Correctional Officer Edward Pounds
North Carolina Department of Correction – Division of Prisons
North Carolina

End of Watch: Saturday, January 9, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 44
Tour of Duty: 3 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Assault
Date of Incident: Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Weapon Used: Person
Suspect Info: Charged with murder

Correctional Officer Edwards Pounds succumbed to injuries sustained two months earlier when he was assaulted by an inmate at the Neuse Correctional Institution. He was struck several times by the inmate and sustained serious injuries on November 17, 2009.
On January 6, 2010, he returned to work but became violently ill. He was transported to a hospital and died three days later.
An investigation by the state medical examiner’s office determined that Officer Pounds death was the result of the assault and ruled a homicide. The inmate was arrested and formally charged with murder on February 17, 2011.
Officer Pounds had served with the North Carolina Division of Prisons for three years.

WAYNE COUNTYA former inmate has been charged with the murder of a prison guard.

Chardan Whitehead, 24, assaulted corrections officer Edward Pounds during an anticipated use of force, Goldsboro Police said.

The assault happened at the Neuse Correctional Institution on Nov. 17, 2009. Whitehead struck Pounds several times, authorities said, and the officer suffered serious injuries.

Pounds died as a result of those injures, the Medical Examiner’s Office report said. On Thursday, Whitehead was arrested by authorities and placed him in the Edgecombe County Jail. On Friday, Whitehead was transferred to the Wayne County Detention Center.

After the initial assault, Pounds was taken out of work by his doctor. He attempted to return to work several times. On Jan. 6, 2010, he returned to work and became violently ill. He was transported by a family member from Neuse Correctional to Wayne Memorial Hospital. Wayne Memorial Hospital Emergency Department then transferred him to Pitt Memorial in Greenville by Life Flight. On January 9, 2010, Pounds died while at Pitt Memorial Hospital. Pounds’ death was originally ruled a natural death by the Medical Examiner’s Office in Greenville.

After further investigation by the Medical Examiner’s Office, the cause of Pounds’ death was amended to Homicide. This new information was then forwarded to the Wayne County District Attorney’s Office who in turned notified the Goldsboro Police Department.

Whitehead is being held with no bond.

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3 Responses to “Correctional Officer Edward Pounds North Carolina Department of Correction – Division of Prisons North Carolina End of Watch: Saturday, January 9, 2010”


  1. 1 Ron Cook February 22, 2011 at 19:08

    As a fellow Corrections officer my thoughts and prayers are with officer Pounds’ family and friends. As correctional officers I know we are readily thought of when it comes to law enforcement, however this shows once again how dangerous and important our jobs are to the general public

    • 2 themunz February 24, 2011 at 09:22

      Ron
      I spent many years on the road and always told the Deputies in the Jail that I felt safer out there than inside the Jail itself. Them “big ole six gates” work no matter who is locked inside. The numbers are not conducive to an officers health. Be safe, remember the fallen and always go home at the end of your shift.

      Bob


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