Omaha, NE—An inmate at Tecumseh state prison tried to escape today but was stopped prompting at least two investigations, according to corrections officials who add no one was seriously hurt.
The inmate is identified as 24-year-old Dillon Martin who is serving 10-25 years for several thefts, drugs and 2nd degree assault; crimes spread across Douglas, Cass and Sarpy Counties.
According to officials, Martin was being returned to Tecumseh following a court appearance in Lincoln when he broke open a small bag of unidentified powder which flew into the air near the prison entrance.
“The driver stopped the van, the driver and the second staff member exited the vehicle. Martin was combative and aggressive. The third staff member, who was in the secure section of the van with Martin, engaged the electronic restraint device and deployed chemical agent,” officials said in a statement adding, “At that time, Martin came out of the van charging at the staff. Physical force was used to subdue him.”
Corrections Director Scott Frakes says, “all transportation security practices will be reviewed.”
The Nebraska State Patrol is also investigating.
This is the latest in a long string of problems at Tecumseh, which include six deaths in the last few years.