Inmate ‘seriously injured’ staff member during assault at Lincoln prison

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A staff member at a Lincoln prison was “seriously injured” Tuesday when an inmate punched him, officials said.

A Reception and Treatment Center staff member was punched in the head by an inmate while in the pantry office, according to the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.

The staff member then used pepper spray and accidentally hit another worker, according to officials.

Eventually, staff members got the inmate out of the pantry and detained him.

The staff member was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries, officials said.

The inmate and the other worker were not injured but had to be treated for their exposure to the pepper spray.

Officials have since begun an investigation into the assault.  Investigators will provide their findings to the county attorney to determine if criminal prosecution is needed.

The Department of Correctional Services said the inmate will face sanctions, which include a loss of “good time.”

Correction officials deem a serious injury as one that “requires urgent and immediate medical treatment and restricts the person’s usual activity.”

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