Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility, Las Cruces, New Mexico
July 17, 2019

According to prison authorities, five prisoners attacked two guards during a nurse visit at Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility. The attack continued 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.

Two prisoners were charged with attempted murder in connection with the event and three others with aggravated assault of a peace officer.



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