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Authorities responding to situation at Lee Correctional Institution

Patty Aguilar | 16 April, 2018, 15:52

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.

Officials with the department of corrections say the fighting began at 7:15 p.m.

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 law enforcement is responding to a situation at Lee Correctional Institution Sunday night.

The Lee Correctional Institution is a level 3 prison located in Bishopville, South Carolina. The inmates held the officer for about 25 minutes before it was secured by law enforcement.

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He tells WISH TV the altercation started because there is a change of direction which he states happens. Investigators said they are still probing the incident and no arrests have been made.

There wasn't any more information immediately available on the incident.

The prison in Bishopville, S.C., about 60 miles northeast of Columbia, houses about 1,600 male inmates.

No further details, including the names of the inmates killed in the mass brawl or the extent of the other's injuries, have been released yet.

Last month, inmates in one part of the prison allegedly took an officer hostage and controlled one side of a dormitory, part of a troubled history that has saw one inmate kill another in February and two officers stabbed in 2015.

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