MICHIGAN CITY, INDIANA (AP) — An Indiana inmate convicted of a 2002 triple murder fatally stabbed one corrections officer and seriously injured another at the maximum-security prison where he’s serving a 130-year sentence, authorities said on Monday.
The wounded Indiana State Prison officers were transported on Sunday to a hospital in Michigan City, where one was pronounced dead and the second was listed in stable condition after being transferred to a South Bend hospital, authorities said.
The Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) identified the slain officer as Lieutenant Eugene Lasco, 57, of LaPorte County, and the injured officer as Sergeant Padrick Schmitt, 22, of Lake Station.
Schmitt was stabbed multiple times by an inmate and when Lasco went to help Schmitt, the inmate stabbed him, too, the DOC said.
Inmate Tymetri Campbell, 38, faces several preliminary charges, including murder, for allegedly attacking the officers on Sunday afternoon in a common area at the prison in Michigan City, Indiana State Police Sergeant Ted Bohner said on Monday.
Bohner said he did not know what type of weapon was used in the stabbing and that no additional details, including a possible motive, would be immediately released on the attack, which state police are still investigating.
The DOC posted a statement on Facebook saying that, “Our thoughts and prayers are with our staff and their families.”
The Indiana State Prison (ISP) is a maximum security prison with about 2,300 inmates that is home to Indiana’s death row, according to the DOC’s website.
It’s located about 34 miles west of South Bend in Michigan City, a city along Indiana’s Lake Michigan shoreline.