(Indianapolis, IN) - The governor has ordered flags flown at half-staff in response to the fatal stabbing of a correctional officer from La Porte at Indiana State Prison.
Lt. Gene Lasco, 57, died Sunday from multiple stab wounds. Authorities said Lasco went to assist Sgt. Patrick Schmitt who was being attacked and stabbed by an inmate who then stabbed Lasco. Schmitt was last reported in serious condition.
Authorities said Lasco worked at the state prison since 2009 and received several accolades for his service during his career.
The suspect, Tymetri Campbell, 38, was serving a 130-year sentence for a triple murder in Indianapolis. A petition drive is now underway for the Indiana Attorney General to pursue the death penalty against the offender for the fatal stabbing.