CCSO Details May 24 Inmate Riot at Comal County Jail
Comal County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) today recognized staff for successfully quelling a May 24 inmate riot at the Comal County Jail.
This is the first time details of the incident were publicly released.
On Facebook, CCSO said it called in its Corrections Emergency Response Team, Specialized Weapons and Tactics Team, a Hostage Negotiation Team, and others after inmates threatened corrections officers who turned off a television inside the housing area after discovering several inmates making homemade alcoholic beverages.
Several inmates began jamming various items inside the roller track of the housing pod’s entrance door and would not allow staff to reenter. They also poured cleaning supplies and soap on the pod floor to create falling hazards for responding personnel.
CCSO said inmates made multiple threats of death and bodily injury to jail employees.
“Without regard for their own safety, and despite knowing the dangers involved, all responding personnel worked as a team and were able to regain control of the housing pod by taking the actors into custody with no loss of life nor injuries to themselves or the inmates involved,” CCSO said.
CCSO spokesperson Jennifer Smith said inmates involved in the incident are being charged with Riot Participation, a Class B misdemeanor.