A prison guard was injured early Thursday during an attack by an inmate at a Lincoln hospital, authorities said.
Lincoln police said Robert Carter, 50, an inmate at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln, was at Bryan West Medical Center when he attacked the guard about 4 a.m.
The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services said Carter had been temporarily assigned to Bryan West. Police said the guard had accompanied Carter to Bryan West.
Correctional Services officials said the guard had escorted Carter to a restroom and was waiting just outside the door. Officials said Carter yelled at the guard and struck him in the head. Carter then moved toward his hospital room door. The guard ordered Carter to stop, and Carter turned and stabbed the officer with a metal butter knife, officials said.
Carter was brought under control outside his hospital room with help from law enforcement officers and Bryan West security who were in the hospital.
The guard suffered cuts to his head, neck and an ear that required medical treatment. The guard was released following the treatment, officials said.
Lincoln police said Carter also suffered injuries during the fight and was expected to recover.
NDCS officials and Lincoln police said they were continuing to investigate the case.
Correctional Services did not name the guard who was injured nor any other authorities involved in the case. NDCS also did not say how Carter obtained the butter knife.
Carter was admitted to Bryan West on Sunday because of immediate medical issues, NDCS officials said. Carter was in leg restraints at all times during the disturbance.
The correctional services department has contracts with Lincoln-area medical facilities to provide health care for inmates that requires treatment beyond what is offered at correctional centers. Inmates temporarily transferred to the medical facilities are supervised by NDCS security staff members at all times, officials said. Inmates are returned to their correctional facilities as soon as their treatment is completed.
Carter was sentenced to 30 years in prison after he committed three robberies in 14 minutes and led police on a chase and shootout through Omaha, Council Bluffs and Carter Lake, Iowa, on Nov. 29, 2006.