Fires extinguished, inmates secured at Tecumseh

05 March, 2017, 00:37 | Author: Michele Stevens
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The Thursday incident took place in the same housing unit badly damaged then.

As for Thursday's incident, Corrections Director Scott Frakes said he would not call it a riot.

Dead are 39-year-old Damon Fitzgerald, serving 310 to 470 years for sexual assault, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, burglary, and assault of a peach officer and 31-year-old Michael Galindo, serving 12 to 21 years for attempted possession of a controlled substance and driving under suspension.

On Thursday, The Department of Corrections said the prison went on lockdown at around 1:00 p.m.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Gov. Pete Ricketts said the incident was "swiftly resolved and public safety was never at risk".

Officials say the fire is burning on the concrete slab of the small yard. The Nebraska State Patrol and state fire marshal are investigating.

(Tecumseh) - All inmates involved in a disturbance at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution have been secured. Several other inmates suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

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As of now the prison still remains on lock down and visits are still not allowed at TSCI through Sunday unless otherwise announced, visits will resume on Monday, and a full report is expected in the next two or three weeks.

"This is a unsafe place". The people who came here are here because they made bad choices and they're violent. "That's why they're in prison".

A state prison in southeast Nebraska remained on lockdown Friday, a day after a prison disturbance led to the deaths of two inmates.

"These deaths continue to be unacceptable, and we (the Legislature) will have to continue to monitor them", said state Sen.

Warden Brad Hansen said, "We're made just an terrible lot of improvements this last year-and-a-half and I'm really proud of my team and the way the staff performed today".

An actual riot did occur at Tecumseh in May 2015, when up to 200 inmates took over, ransacked and torched parts of two housing units, causing $2 million in damages. All of the inmates are in the general population of the prison, but are being held in the highest security.

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