Crime 7 inmates killed in 'mass casualty incident' at SC prison

20:21  16 april  2018
20:21  16 april  2018 Source:   Tribune News Service

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BISHOPVILLE, SC -- Seven inmates were killed during fights that lasted more than seven hours at a South Carolina prison Sunday night and into Monday morning, according to officials.

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Lee County Fire and Rescue tweeted early Monday that it and several other EMS crews responded to a " mass casualty " situation. Lee County Fire/Rescue assisted With a Mass Causality Incident at Lee Correctional. One inmate killed another in February.

Seven inmates were killed and 17 others were injured overnight at a South Carolina prison -- the fourth deadly incident at the facility in the past year.

At least six emergency agencies responded to a "mass casualty incident" at Lee Correctional Institution in Lee County that resulted in the seven inmate deaths and 17 other inmates requiring medical attention, the S.C. Department of Corrections announced early Monday morning.

Though most of the autopsies have yet to be performed, it appears that many of the prisoners died from stabbing or slashing wounds from "shanks," Lee County Coroner Larry Logan said. The official cause of death will not be determined until after the autopsies.

As of about 9 a.m. Monday, all of the deceased but one had been identified, Logan said. Officials are working to notify families before releasing the name of the dead inmates.

Logan said coroner's offices from across the state reached out to him and offered to assist on the numerous autopsies.

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Lee County Fire and Rescue said in a Facebook post Monday morning that it assisted with the incident at Lee Correctional Institution. EMS crews from Florence County, Kershaw County, Lexington County and Hartsville also responded.

Inmates were taken to two hospitals in Florence, one hospital in Hartsville and Palmetto Health-Tuomey in Sumter, Lee County EMS Director Tim DuBose said. A mass casualty bus from Lexington County took some to Palmetto Health Richland.

The S.C. Department of Corrections said on Twitter around the same time that an incident involving "multiple inmate on inmate altercations" in three housing units at the prison began around 7:15 p.m. Sunday.

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The Department of Corrections, the S.C. Law Enforcement Department and Lee county officials worked together to help secure the facility, SLED spokesman Thom Berry said.

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“We are also continuing to work with Department of Corrections on the investigation into what began this incident and the subsequent fights that broke out,” Berry said.

The prison was secure just before 3 a.m., according to the Department of Corrections.

EMS personnel didn't clear the prison until about 5 a.m., DuBose said.

The department said all responding officers and emergency workers are safe and accounted for.

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster will be making a statement about the incident at the Department of Corrections headquarters in Columbia at 1:30 p.m., according to spokesman Brian Symmes.

The maximum-security facility that houses about 1,600 inmates in Bishopville, about 55 miles from Columbia, is home to some of South Carolina's most violent, longest-serving offenders. In recent years, there have been several large insurrections, including one in which an inmate overpowered a guard and used his keys to free others from their cells.

The seven deaths at Lee Correctional are the most in any S.C. prison in recent history, The Associated Press reported. Four inmates were killed last year by fellow prisoners at the state's Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia.

The prison has had several violent incidents over the years.

Sunday's fatal fights came three weeks after inmates briefly held an officer hostage and took control of part of a dorm at the Bishopville prison.

An inmate died during a fight in the prison last July.

In January 2016, five inmates were injured in a fight in one of the housing units. Five months later, one inmate was killed and another injured during an incident.

Five corrections officers were injured during a December 2007 attack by three inmates in one of the dorms.

In June 2012, the prison was placed on lockdown after a guard was taken hostage.

Over the span of 2012 to 2013, the prison was taken over twice by inmates.

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