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Officials say inmate stabbed Lincoln prison staffer

Posted at 11:52 AM, Jan 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-11 12:52:49-05

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An inmate at the Lincoln Correctional Center stabbed a prison staffer with a sharpened toothbrush, causing serious injuries, Nebraska prison officials reported Friday.

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services said in a news release that the attack happened Thursday evening just after the inmate was escorted from his cell so an inspection could be made of a maintenance issue inside the cell. The inmate, who was in restraints, was still able to use the homemade weapon to stab the staffer twice in the back of the staff member’s hand, the release said. Other staffers then used pepper spray to subdue the inmate.

The staffer was taken to a Lincoln hospital, where medical adhesive was used to close the puncture wounds to her hand.

Findings from an investigation into the attack will be sent on the Lancaster County Attorney to determine what, if any, charges will be brought.