Authorities say a Lincoln prison inmate is responsible for the stabbing of a correctional officer at a Lincoln hospital Thursday.
According to the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, around 4 a.m. Thursday Robert Carter, an inmate from the Nebraska Penitentiary, assaulted a corrections officer who was assigned to watch him while he was receiving medical treatment at the West Campus of Bryan Health.
The department says the officer was supervising a restroom visit when Carter yelled at the officer and hit him on the head. Carter then allegedly stabbed the officer with a metal butter knife as he was trying to make his way towards the hospital room door.
The officer received cuts on his head, neck and ear. He was treated at the hospital and released.
Law enforcement officers at the hospital helped to subdue Carter following the attack, according to NDCS.
Carter was admitted to the hospital on Sunday due to immediate health concerns that could not be taken care of by on-site correctional healthcare professionals.
When inmates are transferred to area medical facilities they must be directly supervised by NDCS security staff at all times. Then once hospital treatment is no longer required, inmates are returned to their correctional institution.
Carter is serving a 30 year sentence from Douglas and Sarpy
Counties for attempted assault on an officer, weapons charges and six robbery charges.