Nebraska Prison Staff Thwart Inmate Escape Attempt

BEATRICE –  A Nebraska Corrections official says an escape attempt by an inmate being returned to the Tecumseh State Prison was thwarted by staff, yesterday afternoon.

Comunications Director Dawn-Renee Smith says an inmate identified as Dillon Martin attempted to escape at about 4:15 p.m., while returning to Tecumseh Prison from a Lancaster County Court appearance.

Smith says Martin broke open a small bag of an unidentified powder, dispersing it into the air.  The driver of a van stopped the vehicle, and the driver and a second staff member exited the van. Martin became combative and aggressive.   A third staff member inside the van deployed an electronic restraint device and a chemical agent.

Staff members outside the van opened the door to let the third staff member out, and Martin then charged at staff members.  Smith says they used physical force to subdue him.

TSCI staff and Johnson County Sheriff’s officers responded to the scene.  There were no serious injuries to the staff members or to Martin.  The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating.

Martin is serving a sentence of 10 years, 6 months to 25 years for 2nd-degree assault, possession of a stolen firearm, several counts of theft and two counts of attempted possession of an illegal drug.

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