7 killed, 17 treated after 'mass casualty incident' at SC prison

18 April, 2018, 00:41 | Author: Darrell Lopez
  • 7 killed, 17 treated after 'mass casualty incident' at SC prison

The findings are especially disturbing after the latest wave of prison violence in SC: hours of fighting at Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville that started Sunday night and lasted until early Monday, leaving seven inmates dead and 20 more requiring medical attention.

Though most of the autopsies have yet to be performed, it appears that numerous prisoners died from stabbing or slashing wounds from "shanks", Lee County Coroner Larry Logan said. Response teams reportedly weren't met with any resistance upon entering the dorms.

Authorities said in an incident beginning around 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, inmates housed in multiple dorms at Lee Correctional were involved in a disturbance. The local coroner's office also responded.

The Lee County Fire Department tweeted out photos of multiple crews at Lee Correctional Institution.

Gov. Henry McMaster said these types of incidents are avoided, or kept to a minimum, by rules and regulations, protocol and training. "Until the industry starts taking this seriously, this is going to continue to happen".

"I know prisons all around this country that would be safer. if this jamming were allowed", the governor said.

Prisons spokesman Jeff Taillon announced the deaths after state police helped secure Lee Correctional Institution in the early hours of Monday.

Check back for updates on this developing story. Check back for more information as it becomes available.



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