GREAT FALLS – Forty-three inmates at the Cascade County Detention Center rioted on Saturday around 11 a.m.
According to Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards, the inmates were housed in the N Pod of the Detention Center.
Members of the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and the Detention Center’s Cell Extraction Team gained control of the inmates and defused the riot.
The incident ended at approximately 3 p.m.
No injuries to staff or inmates have been reported at this time. Pepper spray was used during the riot. All inmates in the Pod have been secured and there is no risk to the public, according to Edwards.
Some damage has been reported such as broken fire sprinkler heads, ceiling tiles, monitoring cameras, and cell doors. Damages are being assessed as clean-up and repairs are underway.
Sheriff Edwards said that initial damage is estimated exceed $10,000. The Great Falls jail remains in lockdown.