Nebraska Prison On Lockdown After 2 Inmates Die In Riot

Two inmates are dead at a maximum security prison in southeastern Nebraska. A large group of inmates took control of part of the facility, according to the state Department of Correctional Services.

As of Monday morning, corrections staff have secured the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution. Staff are currently assessing conditions as of Monday evening.

Upon investigation after the facility was secured two inmates were found dead in a housing unit. The identities of the killed prisoners are not being disclosed until their next of kin are notified.

The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating both the disturbance and the deaths.

The riot began at 2:30pm Sunday at the facility when correctional officers tried to break up a large group of inmates in front of a housing unit said James Foster, a department spokesman.

In all, two staff members were assaulted, one inmate was shot and “multiple housing units” had small fires and property damage, according to a statement released by the department.

Those inside the housing unit described the scene, saying: “The ceilings are fallen. There’s drywall on fire. There’s cameras torn down,” according to local newspaper the Journal Star.

The 960-bed Tecumseh State Correctional Institution opened in 2001 and is located in Johnson County, about 60 miles southwest of Lincoln.