Police Responding to 'Ongoing Situation' at Lee Correctional Institution

Sergio Conner
April 16, 2018

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

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

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

The South Carolina Department of Corrections tweeted that it involved multiple inmate-on-inmate altercations in three housing units. The Lee County Fire department also said they assisted with a "mass casualty incident" at the prison. Police services from the corrections department and SLED are investigating the deadly fight. It is in Bishopville, S.C., about 40 miles east of Columbia, the capital.

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State law enforcement is responding to a situation at Lee Correctional Institution Sunday night. In 2013, Michael McCall, then the warden at Lee, said it was the most unsafe prison in SC.

Officials have not released the names of the seven inmates killed in the riot, not have officials commented on the condition of the 17 injured inmates.

Two officers were stabbed there in a 2015 fight.

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