7 inmates dead, 17 hurt in South Carolina prison fight

Seven inmates are dead and another 17 injured after fights at the maximum-security facility in Bishopville, S.C., a state prisons spokesperson said.

Jeff Taillon spoke after State Law Enforcement Division agents helped secure Lee Correctional Institution around 3 a.m. Monday.

Taillon said multiple inmate fights broke out at 7:15 p.m. Sunday. No officers were wounded, he said.

Lee County Fire-Rescue said ambulances from at least seven jurisdictions lined up outside the prison to tend to the wounded. The local coroner’s office also responded.

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

These deaths at Lee are the most in any South Carolina prison in recent years. Others include:

  • Four inmates killed by a pair of prisoners in the Kirkland Correctional Institution last year.
  • Two officers stabbed in a 2015 fight by two inmates that left one of them dead.

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