Two workers at the Lincoln Correctional Center were seriously injured Wednesday after being assaulted by inmates in separate incidents, according to the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.

The first assault happened just after 1 p.m. when an inmate approached a staff member from behind and punched him in the face.

The injured staff member was able to secure the inmate and was assisted by other staff members in returning the inmate to his cell. The injured staff member suffered a chipped tooth and a mild concussion.

The second assault occurred about 6:30 p.m. An inmate threatened a staff member and then struck her on the side of her face with the palm of his hand. As he approached her again, she deployed pepper spray. Additional staff members helped restrain the inmate. The worker suffered a concussion.

Both assaults will be investigated, and the results will be turned over to the Lancaster County attorney for prosecution. Additionally, prison disciplinary procedures will be followed, the department said.

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