Numerous housing units have been locked down at the Nebraska State Penitentiary after an inmate punched a guard and had to be physically subdued.
The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services reports an inmate in the general population under maximum security began hitting a guard around two o’clock this afternoon. Two other guards rushed to the scene and the inmate struck them as well.
NDCS reports it took “physical force” to subdue the inmate.
An emergency vehicle rushed the first guard to a local hospital in Lincoln for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The two guards who came to the first’s aid also sought outside medical attention for non-life threatening injuries.
An investigation is underway. No names have been released.
Perhaps more ominous, NDCS says there have been multiple reports that indicate general unrest among the prison population accompanied by threats of physical violence toward the staff. The medium/maximum housing units have been locked down, strictly limiting the movement of about half the inmate population.
No visits are being allowed Wednesday.
“Lockdowns are done to ensure people are safe – inmates, staff, the public. Though perceived as punishment, I don’t authorize lockdowns to punish people. They are done to regain control of a facility, or, in this case, prevent actions that could lead to people getting hurt,” Corrections Director Scott Frakes said in a written statement released by NDCS. “Staff and inmate safety is a priority and violent, physical attacks on NDCS staff will not be tolerated.”