Riot Causes Lockdown At Nebraska Prison

Authorities are beginning the job of sorting out what tripped a violent outbreak at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution Thursday that ended with two inmates dead and several others injured.

Frakes described the deaths as murders but did not provide details about the incident or the identities of the deceased inmates.

The Tecumseh State Prison is in lockdown. There were approximately 40 inmates there who refused to return to their cells, according to a news release. Galindo was serving a sentence of 12 to 21 years on robbery and other charges.

Fitzgerald, 39, was serving 310 to 470 years for first-degree sexual assault, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, burglary and third-degree assault on a peace officer.

(Tecumseh) - The Tecumseh State Correctional Institution in Nebraska is now under lockdown.

Two inmates were killed and others were injured in a Nebraska prison Thursday after inmates revolted against staff members and started a fire in a courtyard. An unspecified number of inmates suffered injuries that weren't life-threatening, Frakes said.

Smith said the unit was "secured" around 4:30 p.m. and wasn't extensively damaged despite fires that were set inside it. Prison officials have insisted that it wasn't a "riot" and they stressed that the public outside the prison was never in danger.

Ricketts: "Director Frakes will thoroughly investigate the incident, and inmates involved in the incident and the loss of life will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law". Almost 20 prison workers were endangered and stranded in offices and the prison yard tower that day, and millions of dollars in damage at the maximum-security prison was caused by fires, broken windows and destruction of computers and cameras.

"We are making progress, but this progress takes time", Watermeier said.

She said the Nebraska Attorney General's Office will carry out its responsibility to seek justice for the deaths of TSCI inmates. Corrections staff and investigators will also conduct an internal critical incident review.