Update: Riot breaks out at the Webb County Jail

Published: Dec. 11, 2018 at 3:20 PM CST
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More details come to light about the riot that happened at the Webb County jail that sent two inmates to the hospital, and caused close to $30,000 dollars in damage.

While conducting a cell search of Mexican Mafia members, two corrections officers were sucker punched in the face according to Sheriff Martin Cuellar.

Chaos ensued, prompting the Special Operations and Response Team to step in.

A flash bang was used by the officers as well as non-lethal bean bags that are fired out of a shotgun to suppress the situation.

Sheriff Cuellar says he is proud of the way his staff handled the riot and how the S.O.R.T team responded to the situation.

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A riot breaks out overnight causing damage to several fixtures at the Webb County Jail.

Webb County sources tell us the riot happened between 3 and 4 am.

They say around 25 inmates took part in the chaotic rumble, as they broke protective panels and windows inside the jail and clogged toilets in several cells.

Sheriff Martin Cuellar says Mexican Mafia gang members started the riot while being cell searched after guards believed they had contraband.

Upon entering the cell, two corrections officers were assaulted in the face by the inmates.

The inmates then started a fire using an electronic device, prompting the special operations and response team to step in.

The inmates continued to be non-compliant after the sort team deployed a flashbang.

Non-lethal weapons were then used to finally take control of the situation.

Two officers have been cleared of their injuries, while two inmates were taken to the Laredo Medical Center with minor injuries.

Approximately 25 inmates have been temporarily placed in a secure area.

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