Inmates Killed, 17 Injured During Incident at Lee Correctional

Nellie Chapman
April 16, 2018

A SC prisons spokesman says 7 inmates are dead and 17 others required outside medical attention after hours of fighting inside a maximum security prison. The riot began around 7:15 p.m on Sunday (April 15).

A sign in front of the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, South Carolina, is seen in this image from Google Maps.

The South Carolina Department of Corrections first posted about the "ongoing situation" late Sunday night.

The Department of Corrections said that all corrections and law enforcement officers are safe and that the fights were over by 3 a.m. Monday. 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.

The SCDC says no staff members or officers were injured.

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The prison in Bishopville, S.C., about 60 miles northeast of Columbia, houses about 1,600 male inmates.

In February, an inmate was killed by another inmate in a fight.

Two officers were stabbed there in a 2015 fight.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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