7 inmates killed in SC prison altercation

Cheryl Sanders
April 16, 2018

All prison staff and law enforcement were safe and accounted for the, Corrections Department said on Twitter.

Prisons spokesman Jeff Taillon announced the deaths after state police helped secure Lee Correctional Institution in the early hours of Monday.

No officers were hurt but again, 7 inmates have died and 17 others require medical attention.

South Carolina's governor is expressing support for his state prisons chief following riots at a maximum-security prison that killed seven inmates.

South Carolina Department of Corrections did not immediately return a request for comment Monday morning.

He said multiple fights broke out at 7.15pm on Sunday evening.

Lee County Fire & Rescue says multiple agencies were called into assist with the "mass-casualty incident" at the prison.

In February, inmate Robert Odell Brown was killed by another inmate at Lee Correctional Institution. The local coroner's office also responded.

The maximum-security facility in Bishopville houses about 1,500 inmates, some of South Carolina's most violent and longest-serving offenders.

Last month, inmates reportedly overpowered an officer for more than an hour and took control of one side of a housing unit.

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