'INCIDENT' at MAXIMUM security prison in Bishopville, South Carolina

BREAKING: 'INCIDENT' at MAXIMUM security prison in Bishopville, South Carolina

BREAKING: 'INCIDENT' at MAXIMUM security prison in Bishopville, South Carolina

One of South Carolina's most risky prisons was secured early Monday after a "mass casualty incident" involving multiple inmates at several housing units, officials said.

Governor Henry McMaster and South Carolina Department of Corrections director Bryan Stirling reiterated their call for cell phone jamming to be allowed in prisons after a deadly riot that left seven inmates dead. The incident involved multiple inmate on inmate altercations in three housing units, according to SCDC. Officers were unable to stop the fighting and secure the prison until around 2:55 a.m. on Monday.

State police were called to one of South Carolina's most unsafe prisons Sunday night.

According to tweets from the Department of Corrections, all staff and responding law enforcement are safe and accounted for. "The burden of this lies at the feet of the warden and the state of SC".

Lee County Coroner Larry Logan told the Associated Press he arrived at the scene to find melees throughout much of the prison.

The prison, which opened 25 years ago and holds about 1,300 of some of South Carolina's most violent offenders, is no stranger to violence.

In March, inmates at the prison held an officer hostage after taking control of a dorm room, The State reported.

Two officers were stabbed in a 2015 fight.

On Monday, Lee County Fire and Rescue said it assisted with the "mass casualty incident" at the prison. It is in Bishopville, S.C., about 40 miles east of Columbia, the capital.

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

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