7 inmates dead, 17 injured in South Carolina prison fighting

7 inmates dead, 17 injured in South Carolina prison fighting
Published : 16 Apr 2018, 20:55:46
7 inmates dead, 17 injured in South Carolina prison fighting
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Seven inmates have been killed and at least 17 others seriously injured amid fighting between prisoners inside a maximum security prison in South Carolina.
 
Prisons spokesman Jeff Taillon announced the grim outcome after State Law Enforcement Division agents helped secure Lee Correctional Institution around 3:00 am today.
 
Taillon said no officers were wounded after multiple inmate fights broke out at 7:15 pm Sunday. He said 17 of the injured required medical attention outside the prison.
 
The South Carolina Department of Corrections tweeted that it involved multiple inmate-on-inmate altercations in three housing units.
 
Lee County Fire/Rescue said ambulances from multiple jurisdictions lined up outside to tend to the wounded. 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. Two officers were stabbed there in a 2015 fight. One inmate killed another in February.
 
These deaths at Lee are the most in any South Carolina prison in recent years. Four inmates were killed by a pair of prisoners in the state’s Kirkland Correctional Institution last year.-AP
 
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