MICHIGAN CITY, IN – A corrections officer was killed, while a second one was injured in a stabbing incident that occurred at a state prison in Indiana on February 21st, according to officials.
Authorities say that the inmate behind the stabbing is a convicted murderer serving a 130-year sentence.
UPDATE: Lieutenant Eugene Lasco was killed at the Indiana State Prison Sunday, officials confirmed. IDOC said another officer is now in stable condition after the attackhttps://t.co/TnWGSRAAK4
— FOX59 News (@FOX59) February 22, 2021
Investigators say the stabbing occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. within one of the common areas inside of the Indiana State Prison.
The inmate allegedly behind the stabbing, identified as 38-year-old Tymetri Campbell, had initially attacked Sergeant Padrick Schmitt – stabbing Sergeant Schmitt numerous times.
Lieutenant Eugene Lasco had reportedly gone to go help Sergeant Schmitt, and investigators say that Campbell began to start stabbing the corrections lieutenant in response.
Both of the corrections officers were transferred to Franciscan Hospital after the incident, where Lieutenant Lasco unfortunately succumbed to his wounds.
Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner Robert Carter later issued a statement following the news of the corrections lieutenant’s death:
“Lt. Eugene Lasco paid the ultimate sacrifice, and we are forever indebted to his service to the State of Indiana.”
“Lt. Lasco was well-known amongst his colleagues as a true team member, someone they could count on, and he proved that again on Sunday, when he rushed in to help a fellow correctional officer. His sacrifice will not be forgotten.”
Carter was said to have ordered that all IDOC flags be flown at half-staff in honor of Lieutenant Lasco’s passing. Governor Eric J. Holcomb issued the same flag protocol for LaPorte County, as well.
Lieutenant Lasco had reportedly started his career with the IDOC back in 2009 and was just 57 years old at the time of his death.
As for the second stabbing victim, Sergeant Schmitt is reportedly in stable condition after later being transferred to Memorial Hospital in South Bend.
The alleged perpetrator behind the stabbing, Campbell, is currently serving a 130-year sentence for a triple murder committed back in 2004. Officials say that the convicted murderer is now facing preliminary charges, that include murder, for the stabbing incident.
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Back in December of 2020, there was another incident involving prison inmates based out of South Carolina where they’d reportedly locked a corrections officer inside one of the cells during an attempted prison break.
Here’s that previous report from December.
MCCORMICK COUNTY, SC – An prison escape attempt was recently thwarted at a high-security South Carolina prison on December 27th, but not before a group of inmates had locked a corrections officer inside of a cell in the escape attempt.
Officer locked in cell by inmates at South Carolina prison before situation resolved https://t.co/Sc6snYaLt9
— News 19 WLTX (@WLTX) December 28, 2020
Officials say that the incident occurred on the evening of December 27th, which reportedly involved at least five inmates.
Officials with the South Carolina Department of Corrections said that one of the corrections officers from the McCormick Correctional Institution was locked inside of a cell by the group of would-be escapees.
Reportedly, despite having been locked in a cell by the inmates, the correctional officer was unharmed during the incident.
No on had successfully escaped the facility, as the five inmates were later located and apprehended near an interior prison yard fence at approximately 6:00 p.m. that evening.
According to officials, two inmates were transported to a local hospital after having suffered non-life-threatening injuries. However, it’s unclear how or when those injuries were sustained by the inmates.
There are no physical injuries to staff. 2 inmates were taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
SCDC Director @BryanStirling thanks McCormick County Sheriff’s Dept., McCormick Police Dept., SLED, SC Highway Patrol & McCormick County EMS for assistance. 2/2
— SC Dept. Corrections (@SCDCNews) December 28, 2020
The incident was declared over by 11:00 p.m. that evening, noting that the entire facility was secured by that point.
There’s still little detail being brought forth to the public on how the inmates managed to get the corrections officer inside of and locked in a cell.
McCormick Correctional Institution is a level three facility, meaning that inmate housing consists of either one or two-man cells due to the facility typically hosting violent or generally troublesome inmates.
SCDC police Services and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are currently handling the investigation into the incident.
None of the inmates involved in the matter have been identified publicly, and there’s no word yet as to whether state charges will be filed in the matter or what those charges might look like.
Furthermore, no details have been revealed as to whether this was a meticulously planned effort by the inmates involved or if this was merely an attempted escape due to opportunistic circumstances.
Earlier in December, two inmates that managed to escape from a prison facility in Tennessee were eventually located in Florida. However, the two escapees managed to allegedly commit a handful of felonies before their capture.
Here’s that previous report.
POMPANO BEACH, FL – Two escaped inmates from a Tennessee prison who allegedly kidnapped a Kentucky highway worker and tied-up another man were arrested in Florida on December 13.
— WDRB News (@WDRBNews) December 14, 2020
Robert Brown and Christopher Osteen escaped from the Northwest Correctional Complex in Lake County, Tennessee, on December 11.
Records indicate that 36-year-old Brown was serving an 18-year sentence for aggravated rape, while 34-year-old Osteen was serving an eight-year sentence for burglary.
After the duo escaped the correctional facility, they reportedly kidnapped a highway worker in Fulton County, Kentucky for a period of time, using the victim’s truck.
Authorities later found the kidnapping victim and his truck in Henry County, with the victim reportedly uninjured.
On December 12, authorities made contact with a man in Henry County who reportedly encountered the prison escapees. The man said the victim had been tied-up inside his own home by the prison inmates.
Police say that Brown and Osteen had stolen the man’s truck, which was later recovered in Florida. Details of how authorities caught on to the duo are not clear, but they reportedly found them in Pompano Beach, Florida on December 13.
Both Brown and Osteen are expected to face serious charges related to the escape, alleged kidnapping, and other crimes purportedly committed while on the short-lived lam.
Officials have yet to detail precisely how the two managed to escape the prison. Once that information becomes available, we at Law Enforcement Today will provide that update.
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