Prison Staffers Injured During Two Incidents at Tecumseh

TECUMSEH – State prison officials say an inmate at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution assaulted a staff member, on Sunday.  The staff member was retrieving an item from a port in a cell door, when the inmate used a homemade weapon to cut the staff member’s hand.

The staff member received stitches to the hand. Last Friday, officials say five inmates in separate restrictive housing cells created a disruption by starting small fires in their cells. When responding to that incident, one staff member received a cut to the nose, which was determined not to be serious.  That incident also involved a homemade weapon.

Nebraska Corrections Director Scott Frakes said each of the individuals involved in the incident on Friday and the one involved Sunday were in restrictive housing due to the serious risk they present to safety and security.

The incidents are being investigated with findings provided to the county attorney for determination of criminal prosecution.

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