Inmates Killed, 17 More Injured, in South Carolina Prison Violence

Photo Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C., is a maximum-security prison.

At least seven people are dead after fights broke out at a maximum security prison in SC, according to authorities.

Just before midnight, police services from the corrections department joined SLED agents to gain control of the "ongoing situation" at the prison in Bishopville.

The prison is located in the Town of Bishopville in Lee County, and is a Level 3 facility, meaning it houses some of the most violent offenders in the SC prison system.

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

The incident started at 7:15 p.m. ET Sunday and involved "multiple inmate altercations in three housing units", Taillon said.

The South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) said all staff and law enforcement officers who were called to the maximum security prison are now safe and accounted for. He said 17 of the injured required medical attention outside the prison.

Another inmate was killed during a fight at the facility in February, with two officers stabbed during a fight that broke out in Lee Correctional in 2015.

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