WILD VIDEO: Brawl Breaks Out in Texas Courtroom After Teenage Murder Victim’s Family Attacks the Suspect

The family of a murdered Texas teenager physically attacked the suspect inside a San Antonio courtroom after he made a “gesture” at them.

Victor Nathaneal Rivas, 18, is accused of murdering 15-year-old Ethan Soto in May 2022.

Victor Nathaneal Rivas

Rivas allegedly shot Soto as an act of revenge over a drug robbery.

According to a report from the San Antonio Express-News, Rivas was in the courtroom waiting for his case to be called when he made an unspecified gesture toward the shooting victim’s family.

In response, several of Soto’s relatives hopped over the bar separating the gallery from the suspects and began assaulting Rivas.

The fight did not end until a stream of police officers flooded in to help the bailiffs, who were outnumbered at the time.

“Two sheriff’s bailiffs who were inside of the courtroom immediately responded to break up the fight,” Deputy Johnny C. Garcia said in a statement to the newspaper.

The report explains, “More family members, including women, became disruptive. Officers pushed them back, handcuffed at least one of them and escorted Rivas and the other jail inmates out of the courtroom.”

“Responding deputies were able to break up the fight and placed into custody four individuals involved in the incident,” Garcia said.

Rivas’ attorney, Adam La Hood, told the paper that his client is going to be “bruised and swollen.”

“I’ve never seen this happen in a court,” La Hood said. “It all happened in the flash of eye.”

The relatives, two men and two teenagers, will now be charged with assault and disrupting court proceedings. Their names have not been released to the media at time of publishing.



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