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Jackson County inmates involved in ‘near riot’ inside Johnson County, Mo., jail

Forty-two inmates from Jackson County were involved in a “near riot” Thursday night at the Johnson County, Mo., jail.
Forty-two inmates from Jackson County were involved in a “near riot” Thursday night at the Johnson County, Mo., jail.

Inmates upset over a television show caused a disturbance at the Johnson County, Mo., jail that officials said was a “near riot” Thursday night.

Forty-two inmates from Jackson County were involved in the incident that began in a dormitory about 9:20 p.m. Thursday, according to the Johnson County sheriff’s office.

The inmates tried to force open a door to escape from the dormitory, prompting a call to other law enforcement agencies for help.

Nearly 200 officers from surrounding jurisdictions and troopers from the Missouri Highway Patrol responded to assist Johnson County deputies.

A fire was set and other property damaged before SWAT teams came in and restored order.

The 42 Jackson County inmates, being held on a contract with Johnson County, were restrained, and early Friday they were transferred back to Jackson County.

The sheriff’s office said no one was injured in the incident.

Johnson County had agreed to house the Jackson County inmates last September while the Jackson County jail undergoes safety and security upgrades.

“While we are thankful that no one was injured, we are deeply concerned that this incident occurred at all,” Jackson County Executive Frank White Jr. said Friday in a written statement. “We will not return our inmates to the Johnson County jail until we are certain all operational issues have been adequately addressed.”

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc

Toriano Porter: 816-234-4779, @torianoporter

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