Authorities responding to situation at Lee Correctional Institution

Authorities responding to situation at Lee Correctional Institution

Authorities responded to an "ongoing incident" at Lee Correctional Facility in Bishopville, S.C. The riot began around 7:15 p.m on Sunday (April 15). Officers were unable to stop the fighting and secure the prison until around 2:55 a.m. on Monday.

In a statement, SCDC Police Services and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said they will be investigating the incident. 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.

The prison in Bishopville, S.C., about 60 miles northeast of Columbia, houses about 1,600 male inmates.

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

Last month, inmates in one part of the prison allegedly took an officer hostage and controlled one side of a dormitory, part of a troubled history that has saw one inmate kill another in February and two officers stabbed in 2015.

Taillon could not confirm any more details yet, including who is involved and if there are any injuries or fatalities.

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