29 year old Adrian Eagle Elk, who was one of six juveniles who escaped from the West Nebraska Juvenile Detention Center in Gering in May of 2006, died at a southeast Nebraska hospital Saturday morning after being found unresponsive in his Tecumseh state prison cell from an apparent suicide attempt.
The Nebraska Department of Corrections says Eagle Elk was serving a sentence of 24 to 39 years for charges in Scotts Bluff County. He was convicted of one count first degree assault, three counts second degree assault, one count escape using force/deadly weapon and one count third degree assault.
The escape happened on May 26, 2006 just after 2 a.m., when Eagle Elk asked for some medication and was told to come to the intake area of the building to receive it.
Eagle Elk attacked a female corrections officer and locked her and a male officer in a room. He then released one inmate, who released two other inmates and the four left the area in the female officer’s car. Two other inmates escaped on foot.
Eagle Elk and the three inmates with him were captured just a few hours later when a Nebraska State Patrol trooper stopped the female officer’s car near Kimball.