Nebraska State Penitentiary

Nebraska State Penitentiary

LINCOLN — Three staff members were injured by an inmate during an assault early Tuesday at the Nebraska State Penitentiary.

Prison employees were responding to a medical emergency about 2:15 a.m. When they entered a cell, an agitated inmate struck two staffers in the head and shoved another worker’s head into a wall, according to Dawn-Renee Smith, a spokeswoman for the Corrections Department.

All three employees were transported to a Lincoln hospital. One had no treatable injury, but another suffered a possible concussion and a third had to miss work because of a sprain, Smith said.

The incident will be investigated, she said, and evidence will be used for possible criminal prosecution and prison sanctions.

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