Police Responding to 'Ongoing Situation' at Lee Correctional Institution

Lester Mason
April 16, 2018

Authorities confirmed that the fighting has left at least seven dead, with a further 17 requiring medical treatment.

No officers were injured, said Jeffrey Taillon, communications director for the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

At least seven inmates are dead and 17 other people are injured after hours-long rioting at a maximum-security prison in SC, according to the state's corrections department.

Taillon said multiple inmate fights that broke out at 7:15 p.m. Sunday.

Several emergency crews responded to the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville where seven inmates were killed. Police services from the corrections department and SLED are investigating the deadly fight.

All prison staff and responding law enforcement were safe after the incident, the South Carolina Department of Corrections wrote.

According to The State, the facility houses around 1,600 inmates and is located about 55 miles from Columbia. In 2013, Michael McCall, then the warden at Lee, said it was the most unsafe prison in SC.

Lee County Fire/Rescue said ambulances from multiple jurisdictions lined up outside to tend to the wounded.

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

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