7 inmates dead, 17 injured in South Carolina prison fighting

A South Carolina prisons spokesperson says several inmates are dead and others required outside medical attention after hours of fighting inside the maximum security prison. (Sean Rayford, AP, File)
A South Carolina prisons spokesperson says several inmates are dead and others required outside medical attention after hours of fighting inside the maximum security prison. (Sean Rayford, AP, File)

Seven inmates have been killed and at least 17 others seriously injured amid fighting between prisoners inside a maximum security prison in South Carolina.

Prisons spokesperson Jeff Taillon announced the grim outcome after State Law Enforcement Division agents helped secure Lee Correctional Institution around 03:00 on Monday.

Taillon said no officers were wounded after multiple inmate fights broke out at 19:15 on Sunday. He said 17 of the injured required medical attention outside the prison.

The South Carolina Department of Corrections tweeted that it involved multiple inmate-on-inmate altercations in three housing units.

Lee County Fire/Rescue said ambulances from multiple jurisdictions lined up outside to tend to the wounded. The local coroner's office also responded.

The maximum-security facility in Bishopville houses about 1 500 inmates, some of South Carolina's most violent and longest-serving offenders. Two officers were stabbed in a 2015 fight. One inmate killed another in February.

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