SAN ANTONIO – A murder suspect was attacked and beaten in a Bexar County courtroom Friday by family members of the teen he’s accused of killing.
A video of the incident was shared widely and sent to multiple KSAT journalists, though it’s unclear who took the video inside 144th District Court.
According to a statement from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, family members of shooting victim Ethan Soto attended a hearing for Victor Nathaneal Rivas, who is charged in Soto’s death.
BCSO said after Rivas made a gesture toward Soto’s family members, they jumped a partition in the courtroom and began assaulting Rivas.
Two sheriff’s bailiffs broke up the initial incident, but then other family members “became disruptive,” BCSO said.
Four people were arrested following the incident — two adult males and two juvenile males. They will be charged with assault and disrupting court proceedings, BCSO officials said.