Inmate assaults 3 staff members at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - State prison officials say an inmate found unresponsive in his cell at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution has died, and a criminal investigation into the death has been launched.

The department says the melee broke out as staffers removed apparently inebriated inmates from a housing unit. The inmate swung at him and knocked him to the ground.

The department said in a statement Thursday that one of the inmates started throwing punches when he learned he would be handcuffed. The inmates appeared to be under the influence of homemade alcohol.

The inmate then moved across the room and assaulted a second guard who was restraining another inmate.

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As they were attempting to restrain the inmate, he bit a caseworker in the thigh.

The corporal suffered contusions to the head, required five stitches and received a chipped tooth and another was knocked loose.

Two corporals were treated and released from Johnson County Hospital while the caseworker did not seek medical care outside the facility. TCSI was not locked down as the incident was isolated to only one inmate.

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