Extraction team activated to remove five men

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Jim Wells County Correspondent

An early morning disturbance on Wednesday at the Jim Wells County jail led to five county inmates being extracted from their dorm by the JWC Jail Extraction Team (JET).

Jail administrator Captain Rene Gonzalez said that shortly after 6:30 a.m., several inmates in one of the county dorms became combative and threatening towards jail staff.

The correctional officers on duty at the time were threatened with bodily harm, which led to the activation of the JET, comprised of correctional officers armed with TASERs.

For the cell extraction, sheriff's department officers were called in, and the JWC SWAT Team responded.

Gonzalez said it took 10 minutes from the moment the JET was activated to when the inmates were extracted.

The JWC SWAT Team members stayed outside the dorm for backup. Gonzalez said no pepper spray or TASERs were utilized in the extraction.

The five inmates were placed in administrative segregation, which are one man cells, where they will remain until their pending disciplinary hearing.

The sheriff's department CID is still investigating the case. The Jail Disciplinary Committee is comprised of jail administrators and sheriff's department officers.

No names were released on the inmates because of the investigation. Gonzalez said there were no injuries to either law enforcement personnel or the inmates and there have been no further threats against jail staff.