Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

7 inmates dead, 17 hurt in SC prison fight

7 inmates dead, 17 hurt in SC prison fight

They say the incident resulted in 17 inmates requiring outside medical attention and seven inmates were killed.

One of South Carolina's most unsafe prisons has been secured after state police were called out to a disturbance.

Prisons spokesman Jeff Taillon said the prison was secured at around 3am on Monday after multiple fights broke out between inmates at 7.15pm on Sunday.

No officers were injured, said Jeffrey Taillon, communications director for the South Carolina Department of Corrections. The local coroner's office also responded.

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Lee Correctional is a maximum security facility - 55 miles east of Columbia - housing over 1,000 of South Carolina's most violent offenders.

In recent years, there have been several large-scale insurrections, including one in which an inmate overpowered a guard and used his keys to free others from their cells.

At least six emergency agencies responded to a "mass casualty incident" that lasted more than seven hours and left seven inmates dead at a SC prison late Sunday, according to officials.

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