Six inmates injured in Walnut Grove riot - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Epps: WGCF riot was related to an attempt to introduce contraband

Posted: Updated:
LEAKE COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Mississippi Department of Commissioner Chris Epps, was at the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility in Leake County Friday, and said Thursday night's disturbance was related to an attempt to introduce contraband into the facility.

Epps said the Walnut Grove Police Department has arrested one person in connection with that attempt.

Epps added that since the earlier incident on Dec. 31, MDOC and Management & Training Corp. (MTC) have been working together on additional measures to ensure the secure custody, care and control of the inmates. 

Epps says MDOC has installed netting around the facility, and MTC recently launched a K-9 unit to curb the amount of contraband being introduced at Walnut and its other facilities.

Six of the inmates injured Thursday night have been returned to the prison. The other three have been admitted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

No correctional officers were injured.

We are told that the riot started at around 10 p.m. and affected two zones. When the inmates began fighting, officers attempted to stop the disturbance but it quickly escalated.

We are told that the facility's emergency response team was activated and they used chemical agents to gain control of the inmates. The incident lasted about an hour. 

The Walnut Grove Facility is run by Management and Training Corporation (MTC), a private company, but is still under the supervision of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

The facility was the site of a riot on New Years Eve of 2013. Eight inmates had to be treated at UMMC. MTC blamed that riot on gang violence.

Copyright 2014 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Hebert Family speaks out about deadly explosion at Omega Protein

    Hebert Family speaks out about deadly explosion at Omega Protein

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:55 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:55:14 GMT
    Christopher Hebert was killed in an accident at Omega Protein's Moss Point plant in 2012. Hebert's loved ones said they are heartbroken to hear of another life lost.More >>
    In 2012, Christopher Hebert was killed when he was caught in a rotating screw conveyor at Omega Protein's Moss Point plant. Hebert's loved ones said they are heartbroken to hear another family is having to deal with losing a loved one because of something that happened at the plant.
    More >>
  • Woman, 2 children killed in Leake County ATV accident

    Toddler involved in fatal Leake County ATV accident expected to recover

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-07-28 23:08:07 GMT
    Two-year-old Alicia Hernandez is currently at Blair E. Batson hospital in Jackson recovering from an ATV accident that killed her mother, brother and a cousin. "My Aunt Lucy Hernandez, her second oldestMore >>
    Sarah Eichelberger, of Baton Rouge, was driving her 2009 Acura car when she collided with Lucy Hernandez's Honda ATV.
    More >>
  • Suspect's death takes a toll on authorities

    Suspect's death takes a toll on authorities

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:53:12 GMT
    The D'Iberville man who was pulled from the Tchoutacabouffa River this weekend drowned, according to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove. Monday, an autopsy was completed on James King. Authorities sayMore >>
    The D'Iberville man who was pulled from the Tchoutacabouffa River this weekend drowned, according to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove. Monday, an autopsy was completed on James King. Authorities say the 21-year-old jumped into the river Saturday while running away from police. It's the kind of tragedy first responders admit always takes a toll on them.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.