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Funeral arrangements set for Correction Officer Lt. Eugene Lasco

Lt. Eugene Lasco was killed while trying to help a fellow officer being stabbed by an inmate.

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — NOTE: The above video is from a previous report on the incident at Indiana State Prison.

Funeral arrangements are set for Correction Officer Lt. Eugene Lasco. 

Lasco was killed Feb. 21 while trying to help another officer being stabbed by an inmate at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City. 

Lasco's funeral with full honors will be Sunday, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m. ET at the Orak Shrine, 3848 N. Frontage Road, Michigan City.

A short ceremony to remove and transport Lasco's body to the burial location in Decatur, IL, will start around 9 a.m. ET on Monday, March 1. It will begin at Root Funeral Home, 312 E. 7th Street, Michigan City. 

The burial service will be a private ceremony.

Lt. Lasco's act of heroism

The Feb. 21 incident that took Lasco's life began around 3:40 p.m. ET when an inmate attacked two correction officers in a common area. The Indiana Department of Correction said inmate Tymetri Campbell, 38 of Indianapolis, was attacking Sgt. Padrick Schmitt and stabbed him multiple times before Lasco went to assist.

Credit: Indiana Department of Correction
Tymetri Campell

Campbell then attacked and stabbed Lasco. Both correction officers were transported to Franciscan Hospital in Michigan City, where Lasco later died.

Lasco, 57, had been working at Indiana State Prison since 2009. During his time there, he was a locksmith and a member of the emergency squad. He served on the Technical Response Team for Safety Hazmat.

Schmitt, 22, was later transferred to Memorial Hospital in South Bend in stable condition. He has been working at Indiana State Prison since 2016 and was recently promoted to correctional sergeant.

Credit: Indiana Department of Correction
Sgt. Padrick Schmitt was seriously injured after being stabbed by an inmate at Indiana State Prison on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021.

Campbell is now facing several charges, including murder, as a result of the incident. In 2004, Campbell was sentenced to 130 years in prison for three murder convictions in Marion County.

IDOC's Office of Investigations and Intelligence and Indiana State Police will conduct Lasco's death investigation. Once the death investigation is complete, it will be presented to the LaPorte County Prosecutor's Office.

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