Thursday, 19 April, 2018


Reported 'ongoing incident' at the Lee Correctional Institution

Emergency services from neighboring South Carolina counties responded to the incident Emergency services from neighboring South Carolina counties responded to the incident
Bennie Garza | 16 April, 2018, 17:27

Authorities responded to an "ongoing incident" at Lee Correctional Facility in Bishopville, S.C.

At least seven people are dead after fights broke out at a maximum security prison in SC, according to authorities. The prison was secure at 2:55 a.m.

A sign in front of the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, South Carolina, is seen in this image from Google Maps. The department added that the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) were assisting prison officials in its investigation. Some local media outlets reported the local coroner had been called to the scene.

The prison is located in the Town of Bishopville in Lee County, and is a Level 3 facility, meaning it houses some of the most violent offenders in the SC prison system.

In March, inmates at the prison held an officer hostage after taking control of a dorm room, The State reported.

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.

Another tweet said all responding officers are safe and accounted for.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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