Seven Dead At Lee Correctional Institution

Seven Dead At Lee Correctional Institution

Seven Dead At Lee Correctional Institution

Seven inmates were killed and 17 more were injured during a "mass casualty incident" at a maximum security prison in SC.

Photo Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C., is a maximum-security prison. The riot began around 7:15 p.m on Sunday (April 15).

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

The prison wasn't secured until nearly 3 a.m., the South Carolina Department of Corrections tweeted. Lee County Fire reports on Twitter that crews responded to a "mass casualty incident" and were assisted by Florence County EMS, Kershaw County EMS, Darlington County EMS, Lexington County EMS and Hartsville Rescue.

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At least seven inmates are dead following a major incident at a prison in SC. The inmates held the officer for about 25 minutes before it was secured by law enforcement.

Lee Correctional - located in Bishopville, 55 miles east of Columbia - has had several violent eruptions in the past. 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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