Several inmates killed, more than dozen injured in fights at dangerous South Carolina prison, official says
Multiple fights on one of South Carolina’s most dangerous prisons left at least seven inmates deceased and 17 others injured, the prison official said Monday.
Shelter Correctional Institution was secured from around 2: 55 a. mirielle., nearly eight hours after several fights broke out in 3 housing units Sunday night, jail spokesman Jeff Taillon said. The particular incident started around 7: fifteen p. m., he said.
All jail staff and responding law enforcement officials were reported safe after the occurrence, the South Carolina Department of Modifications wrote. The department added the State Law Enforcement Division was helping prison officials in its investigation.
Emergency providers from several South Carolina counties taken care of immediately the “ mass casualty event, ” Lee County Fire had written in a tweet. Several local mass media outlets reported the local coroner has been called to the scene.
Lee Correctional – located in Bishopville, 55 miles eastern of Columbia – has been the website of several recent violent lesions.
In March, inmates at the jail held an officer hostage right after taking control of a dorm space, Their state reported. The inmates held the officer for about twenty five minutes before the room was guaranteed by law enforcement.
In February, an defendent was killed by another defendent in a fight.
The Associated Push contributed to this report.