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

Inmates Killed After Fight Breaks Out at Maximum Security Prison

Inmates Killed After Fight Breaks Out at Maximum Security Prison

At least seven people are dead after fights broke out at a maximum security prison in SC, according to authorities.

Hours of fighting among inmates inside a maximum security facility in SC has led to the deaths of seven prisoners and injuries of 17 others, state corrections officials said early Monday.

Officials with the department of corrections say the fighting began at 7:15 p.m. The Lee County Fire department also said they assisted with a "mass casualty incident" at the prison. The department added that the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) were assisting prison officials in its investigation.

The maximum-security facility that houses about 1,500 inmates in Bishopville, about 55 miles from Columbia, is home to some of South Carolina's most violent, longest-serving offenders. An investigation has been launched into how the riot broke out.

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According to the State, the officer was "overpowered" by the prisoners during the incident.

According to the agency, all staff and responding law enforcement officers were "safe and accounted for".

Taillon could not confirm any more details yet, including who is involved and if there are any injuries or fatalities.

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