Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility, Las Cruces, New Mexico
July 16, 2019

According to prison authorities, five prisoners attacked two guards during a nurse visit at Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility. The attack continued for almost 30 seconds until another guard fired “less lethal shotgun and pepper ball grenades.”

The two guards received “severe, but non-life-threatening injuries” from the attack, and were taken to a hospital in El Paso. After the attack, the prison was put on lockdown..

On August 1, video footage of the attack was released to the media which can be seen below.

Seven prisoners were charged in connection with the attack. Of those, two were charged with attempted murder and three others with aggravated assault of a peace officer.


Video shows violent attack on guards at Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility“, Las Cruces Sun News, August 1, 2019.

5 inmates charged in attacks that severely injured southern New Mexico prison guards”, KVIA, July 18, 2019

Clovis man facing charges after assault involvement in New Mexico prison”, My High Plains, July 19, 2019

Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility on lock down after inmates attack guards”, Las Cruces Sun News, July 17, 2019.

Article published: 7/23/19