SAN DIEGO — About 170 detainees at a U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service detention facility in El Centro ended an overnight standoff with authorities Tuesday that left three guards injured.
The detainees, who became angry during a routine search for drugs and weapons, barricaded themselves inside two barracks at the Service Processing Center, said INS spokesman Rudy Murillo. The detainees surrendered peacefully to authorities about 10 a.m. after negotiations with FBI agents.
Authorities said the detainees smashed lights, kicked guards and struck them with sticks before using upended mattresses to barricade themselves at the INS facility, which houses 600 to 650 immigrants awaiting deportation hearings or removal from the country.
The guards, employed by a private firm contracted by the immigration agency, were treated at local hospitals and released. Their injuries were not serious, Murillo said.