Inmates Killed, 17 More Injured, in South Carolina Prison Violence

Police Responding to 'Ongoing Situation' at Lee Correctional Institution

Police Responding to 'Ongoing Situation' at Lee Correctional Institution

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. The riot began around 7:15 p.m on Sunday (April 15).

The prison is located in the Town of Bishopville in Lee County, and is a Level 3 facility, meaning it houses some of the most violent offenders in the SC prison system. Officials say the institution was secured at 2:55 a.m. Monday morning.

In a statement, SCDC Police Services and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said they will be investigating the incident.

At least seven inmates are dead following a major incident at a prison in SC.

Few details were offered about what had actually happened inside the facility, which is maximum security and houses around 1,600 inmates, according to Department of Corrections records.

Another tweet said all responding officers are safe and accounted for.

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

This story is developing and will be updated.

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