Prisons officials: Inmate assaults two staff members at Nebraska State Penitentiary

Prisons officials: Inmate assaults two staff members at Nebraska State Penitentiary

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Two Nebraska State Penitentiary staff members were treated for minor injuries Wednesday evening after an inmate assaulted them, according to a news release from the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.

The incident happened just before 6 p.m., when an inmate verbally threatened one staff member before punching them in the face and head. The inmate then punched a second staff member in the head.

The first staff member used pepper spray and other staff members restrained the inmate, the department said.

Both staff members were treated at a Lincoln hospital and have returned to work.

The incident is under investigation and the county attorney will determine prosecution.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7214 or eclopton@journalstar.com.

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