One prison guard in Indiana was murdered and another was injured by a suspect who was serving more than a century behind bars, officials say.
At about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sgt. Padrick Schmit was attacked and stabbed multiple times by an offender at Indiana State Prison in Michigan City. Lt. Eugene Lasco tried to help Schmitt, but was stabbed as well.
Lasco was pronounced dead in the hospital following the incident, while Schmitt is in stable condition.
Inmate Tymetri Campbell, 38, is accused of attacking the guards. He faces
several new charges, including murder. He was convicted of three murder charges in 2004, and was serving a 130-year sentence
Officials did not release what led Campbell to allegedly attack the two men. The investigation into the incident continues.
In a press release, Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner Robert Carter said, "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.”
Flags were flown at half-staff at all Indiana Department of Correction facilities in honor or Lasco. Governor Eric Holcomb ordered that all flags in LaPorte County be flown at half-staff during Lasco’s funeral.
Lasco started working with the Indiana State Prison in October 2009. He was a locksmith and a former member of the emergency squad. He served on the Technical Response Team for Safety Hazmat.