The Nebraska State Penitentiary inmate who stabbed a corrections officer at Bryan West Medical Center in Lincoln last week died Tuesday night.
Fifty-year-old Robert Carter died in the skilled nursing facility of the penitentiary. While the cause of death has not yet been determined, Carter was being treated for long-term health issues. As is the case whenever an inmate dies in custody of the Department of Correctional Services, a grand jury will conduct an investigation.
He was taken to Bryan West on September 1st for undisclosed medical issues. Around 4 a.m. last Thursday, the corrections officer escorted Carter to the restroom, waiting outside the door while maintaining visual contact. Carter yelled at the officer, turned toward him and hit him in the head. Carter headed toward the door of his room when the officer ordered him to stop. Carter then turned back and stabbed the officer with a metal butter knife. The officer received cuts to his head, neck and ear.
Carter was in leg restraints at all times during the incident in accordance with NDCS procedure. He was subdued outside his hospital room with assistance from police officers present at the hospital.
Carter was serving 30 years for assaulting a peace officer in Douglas County, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and five counts of robbery.