Prisoners Donald Peacock and Shon Collins, both 46, were killed, while four were left injured during a weekend revolt in a Nebraska prison. They were found dead in a housing unit at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution about 60 miles southwest of Lincoln. Four other prisoners were wounded in the brawl, and two prison staff were also assaulted.
Corrections Director Scott Frakes informed that the brawl started around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday when 40 prisoners gathered before a housing unit. Two staff members were assaulted when they tried to control the situation.
“As the group of inmates became more volatile, staff members were unable to control them,” Frakes said during a press conference Monday morning.
He said the situation turned worse when around 1,000 inmates participated in the revolt, resulting in broken windows, damaged security cameras, and torn-down walls separating the housing units. Two to three housing units sustained fire and water damage, and ceiling tiles were broken.
“We didn’t know if the inmates had acquired weapons during this time, in some cases they had destroyed or covered the cameras, so we didn’t have a good sense of what was on the other side of the door until we opened it,” Frakes said.
Around 76 extra individuals were called to maintain security. The jail staff moved the inmates to separate cells.
Peacock and Collins, who died at the incident, were serving long life imprisonment for first-degree sexual assault on a child and visual depictions of sexually explicit content.
“I have been in communication with Director Frakes since yesterday afternoon,” said Gov. Pete Ricketts. “He has assured me that his staff is safe, and facility is secure. The department is now focused on ensuring the continued safety of the facility staff and well-being of the inmates.”
The four injured were treated and are said to be fine.