Jail went on lockdown while situation resolved

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

SAN DIEGO - The Duval County Jail went into lockdown for a brief period Tuesday afternoon, when two inmates began destroying property and causing a disturbance.

Sheriff Santiago Barrera Jr. said the disturbance began shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday, when two inmates in a cell with three other prisoners tied the doors of their cell and began flooding it.

The prisoners used an electrical cord from a television to tie the doors from the inside, Barrera said, and stopped up the toilets to create flooding within the cell.

The men had been placed in the group cell the previous night, Barrera said, after they caused similar damage to another cell in the jail.

"Before we had a chance to fix the other cell, they started messing up this one," Barrera said.

The Alice/Jim Wells County SWAT was called to the scene to assist in controlling the prisoners, but jail officials were able to calm the situation and the men surrendered before the use of force was necessary, Barrera said.

"We talked them out of it," Barrera said. "We didn't want to hurt them, and we didn't want any of us to get hurt."

Barrera declined to release the names of the two inmates involved in the disturbance Tuesday, but said they may face additional charges or reprimands because of their actions.