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YORK, Neb. (AP) — Authorities are investigating why a former staffer at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women walked into the state prison with a rifle and demanded to be let inside before shooting and injuring herself.

The state Department of Correctional Services said in a news release Monday that Robin K. Staehr, 50, of York, walked into the prison's public lobby around 5:15 p.m. Sunday and demanded to be let inside. Prison staff members recognized Staehr as a former employee who resigned in 2005, and they observed a rifle behind her back.

Staff members refused to allow Staehr inside and called 911. They also began radio procedures to clear the yard and lock down the facility.

Staehr, who did not gain entry into the secured areas of the facility, then fired a single gunshot in her chin before dropping the .22-caliber rifle and walking out toward a car in the parking lot. She was stopped outside the entrance and eventually taken to a Lincoln hospital with a non-life threatening injury, according to the department.

Additional information about her injury or status has not been released. No staff or inmates were injured.

The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating the incident. Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins said no additional information was immediately available.

Messages left Monday for the state Department of Correctional Services were not immediately returned. The department said it will forward any investigative reports to the York County Attorney to determine possible charges.

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