Inmates Killed After Fight Breaks Out at Maximum Security Prison

Elias Hubbard
April 16, 2018

Officials say the institution was secured at 2:55 a.m. Monday morning.

The South Carolina Department of Corrections tweeted that it involved multiple inmate-on-inmate altercations in three housing units. The incident started at around 7:15 p.m. Sunday.

State officials have pledged for years to make South Carolina's prisons, particularly Lee Correctional Institution, safer after a series of deadly fights. Lee County Fire reports on Twitter that crews responded to a "mass casualty incident" and were assisted by Florence County EMS, Kershaw County EMS, Darlington County EMS, Lexington County EMS and Hartsville Rescue.

While no other details are immediately available, Lee County Sheriff Daniel Simon confirms deputies are assisting SCDOC in its response at the maximum security prison.

The prison in Bishopville, S.C., about 60 miles northeast of Columbia, houses about 1,600 male inmates. After the dorm was brought back under control by law enforcement, the officer was seen by medical staff at the institution and released.

Two officers were stabbed in a 2015 fight. One inmate killed another in February.

This is a developing story.

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