Gov. Pete Ricketts vowed Monday to thoroughly investigate what went wrong that led to the escape of two inmates from a state prison in Lincoln.
Ricketts addressed the escapes which occurred on Friday during a news conference in his office.
“The number one priority for my administration, me personally and everybody who works in state government, is public safety,” Ricketts stated during the news conference which featured the heads of the various law enforcement agencies engaged in the manhunt.
Two inmates, 37-year-old Armon Dixon and 52-year-old Timothy Clausen, escaped in a laundry truck from the Lincoln Correctional Center Friday morning.
Authorities captured Dixon in Lincoln Saturday afternoon.
Clausen remains at large with the search concentrated in the northeastern area of Omaha.
“What we do in Corrections is very, very important. It protects the public safety and that’s why we need to continue to make sure that we’re doing a good job,” according to Ricketts.
Ricketts said an investigation is underway at the Department of Correctional Services to discover what went wrong.
“Nobody wants to know about how this happened more than I do. And so we will have a complete investigation to find out how this all broke down.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]