GRANTS, N.M. (Gallup Independent) — Authorities say they have put down a prison riot in western New Mexico after a reported suicide of an inmate.
The Gallup Independent reports inmates at Northwestern New Mexico Correctional Center in Grants rioted last after they were placed on lockdown following the early morning death of an unidentified inmate.
Investigators say around 300 inmates became unruly and damaged the facility.
Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace says the inmates didn’t want to be all cooped up together because of the new coronavirus scare.
The Department of Corrections used less-than-lethal bean bag rounds and paintball guns containing irritants to regain control. No injuries were reported.