Authorities Investigate Shooting at York Prison

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YORK, Neb. -- The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating a shooting at the York Women's Prison after a former employee tried to get into the facility with a rifle.

Officials with the Nebraska Department of Corrections say 50 year old Robin K. Staehr of York, entered the front public lobby of the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women (NCCW) and demanded staff to allow her entry into the facility at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Sunday.

Staff recognized Staehr as an employee who had resigned from the facility in 2005 and observed a rifle behind her back. Staff denied her access to the facility, called 911 and immediately began radio procedures to clear the yard and lock down the facility.

Staehr then fired a single gunshot to her chin before dropping the firearm, a .22 caliber rifle, and walking out of the lobby of the facility toward a vehicle in the parking lot. NCCW staff secured the outside entrance to the lobby area.

Emergency responders arrived and transported her by ambulance to York General hospital. She then was transferred to Bryan West in Lincoln with a non-life threatening injury.

No staff or inmates were injured during this incident and the woman did not gain entry to the secured areas of the facility. NCCW staff responded quickly to the incident and followed established emergency procedures.

The incident remains under investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol. Investigative reports once completed will be forwarded to the York County Attorney for review and determination of possible charges.