“Human error” results in assault at Tecumseh state prison

“Human error” results in assault at Tecumseh state prison
World-Herald News Service

TECUMSEH – A staff member at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution was assaulted on Monday after an inmate’s cell door was opened by mistake, according to a release from the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.

The incident, which happened at 1:40 p.m., ended when several other staff members subdued the inmate. A home-made weapon was recovered at the scene, but was not used in the assault.

The officer was assessed at Johnson County Hospital and later returned to the facility.

“It appears this situation was the result of human error,” Nebraska Department of Correctional Service Director Scott Frakes said. “Mistakes can lead to bad outcomes in any line of work, and this is especially true in corrections. Modified operations will remain in place until we complete the steps necessary to ensure this does not happen again.”

A door to a shower was supposed to be opened instead of a cell door, according to Frakes.

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