BISHOPVILLE, SC (WBTW) – A riot among inmates at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville resulted in seven inmates killed and 17 more needing medical attention, reports the South Carolina Department of Corrections.
Governor Henry McMaster will provide an update on the riot and investigation with law enforcement officials at 1:30 p.m. Monday from the South Carolina Department of Corrections headquarters in Columbia.
@henrymcmaster will provide an update to the Lee Correctional Institution incident with SCDC and SLED officials @ 1:30 PM @ SCDC headquarters in Columbia.— Brian Symmes (@BrianSymmes) April 16, 2018
Officials with the department of corrections say the fighting began at 7:15 p.m. “involving multiple inmate on inmate altercations in three housing units.”
Just before midnight, police services from the corrections department joined SLED agents to gain control of the “ongoing situation” at the prison in Bishopville. Officials say the institution was secured at 2:55 a.m. Monday morning.
Multiple agencies from neighboring counties were called into help. 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. Assistance was also received from Med One, a private service.
The department of corrections says all law enforcement officers who responded to the prison are safe and accounted for. Police services from the corrections department and SLED are investigating the deadly fight.
Officials have not released the names of the seven inmates killed in the riot, not have officials commented on the condition of the 17 injured inmates. It is unclear what originally sparked the fights.