7 inmates killed in "incident" at maximum security SC prison

Erika Holt
April 16, 2018

LEE COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD)- The South Carolina Department of Corrections confirms they are responding to the Lee Correctional Institution for an "ongoing incident".

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

The fights started around 7:15 p.m.in three housing units at Lee Correctional Institution, which houses some of the state's most violent and longest-serving offenders. The department added that the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) were assisting prison officials in its investigation. 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.

Corrections officials did not immediately say what led to the incident and why it took hours to stop the series of altercations.

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Lee Correctional Institution, which opened in 1993, houses about 1,500 male inmates. One inmate killed another during a fight in February.

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

Two officers were stabbed in a 2015 fight.

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