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7 inmates dead, 17 injured in South Carolina prison fighting

3 years 3 months 1 week ago Monday, April 16 2018 Apr 16, 2018 April 16, 2018 5:49 AM April 16, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Photo: WISTV

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina prisons spokesman says seven inmates are dead and 17 others required outside medical attention after hours of fighting inside a maximum security prison.

Prisons spokesman Jeff Taillon announced the grim outcome after State Law Enforcement Division agents helped secure Lee Correctional Institution around 3 a.m. Monday. Taillon said multiple inmate fights that broke out at 7:15 p.m. Sunday. Taillon said no officers were wounded.

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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