A fight between several inmates at Lerdo Jail Tuesday night mushroomed into a riot with more than 100 participants and ended with injuries, broken furniture and multiple law enforcement agencies called in to restore order, according to sheriff's officials.
The incident began at about 9:30 p.m. when several inmates refused to comply with the jail's nightly lockdown and head count in the Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office. A few began fighting, and the altercation quickly spread to involve more than 120 inmates.
The Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team and SWAT were called out to assist in ending the riot, the Sheriff's Office said, and sheriff's patrol units, the Bakersfield Police Department and the California Highway Patrol assisted with perimeter security.
The riot lasted two hours, and it took an additional four hours to search housing units and rehouse the inmates. Four inmates suffered injuries requiring treatment at a hospital, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The housing units in F-Pod — the location in Pre-Trial where the riot occurred — sustained damage to televisions, seats, tables, windows and doors, according to the Sheriff's Office. All of the inmates involved have been rehoused throughout Lerdo while repairs are being made.
The Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility will remain on lockdown and visiting suspended until further notice. The cause is under investigation.