An inmate at the Nebraska State Penitentiary punched two correctional officers in the head Wednesday evening, officials said.

The inmate first verbally threatened one correctional officer and punched the worker in the face and head about 6 p.m. The inmate then punched a second officer in the head when that person arrived to help.

The first officer used pepper spray, and other employees were able to restrain the inmate, the press release said. Officials did not identify the inmate or the correctional officers.

One of the officers suffered a serious injury, which the Corrections Department defined as restricting the person’s usual activity and requiring urgent and immediate medical treatment. That officer also had a cut and bruises. The other officer had bruises.

Both were taken to a Lincoln hospital for treatment and then went back to work, officials said.

The alleged assault will be investigated and the Lancaster County attorney will consider charges, along with a correctional system discipline process that may apply sanctions, including a loss of good-time credit that allows inmates to get out early for good behavior.

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Alia Conley covers breaking news, crime, crime trends, the Omaha Police Department and initial court hearings. Follow her on Twitter @aliavalentine. Phone: 402-444-1068.

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