COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — The show of force inside the Muscogee County Jail was the response to an inmate transfer within the facility, Sheriff Greg Countryman said Wednesday afternoon.

The jail is short-staffed and the additional deputies were needed to move the inmates, Countryman said. The movement of inmates was related to a weekend incident. The sheriff did not elaborate on that incident.

Countryman said it was a normal transfer.

Deputies in unmarked vehicles began arriving shortly before 1:00 p.m. More than a dozen cars could be seen in the parking lot.