'INCIDENT' at MAXIMUM security prison in Bishopville, South Carolina

'INCIDENT' at MAXIMUM security prison in Bishopville, South Carolina

Seven inmates were killed and 17 others were injured in a large riot that broke out Sunday night at a maximum-security prison in SC, the authorities said.

(State) BISHOPVILLE, S.C. Seven inmates were killed during fights that lasted more than seven hours at a SC prison Sunday night and into Monday morning, according to officials. They say the incident began around 7:15 pm Sunday and involved multiple inmate-on-inmate altercations in three housing units.

The Lee Correctional Institution is a level 3 prison located in Bishopville, South Carolina.

He said no officers were wounded.

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

SLED and SCDC Police Services are investigating the incident. The prison in Bishopville, S.C., about 60 miles northeast of Columbia, houses about 1,600 male inmates.

Lee County Coroner Larry Logan told the Associated Press he arrived at the scene to find melees throughout much of the prison. An inmate was killed during a fight in July 2017, another was stabbed to death in November, and a third was killed in February.

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